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Pupils learn benefits of healthy eating thanks to school nursing service

Monday, 12 June, 2017
Pupils learn benefits of healthy eating thanks to school nursing service

Specialist school nurses have been encouraging children and young people in North Tyneside to eat healthy food.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s school nursing service (special schools) has been working in partnership with Woodlawn School in Whitley Bay on a project to promote healthy food and drink options.

Elaine Davies, team lead for the service, has been working closely with the school’s council and head teacher Gill Wilson and the pupils have been involved in a competition to design a new fruit muffin. Winning entries from primary and secondary pupils are to be included on the school lunch menu – apple, orange and strawberry and blueberry, apple and pear.

The school’s catering service is also promoting healthy options with a varied salad bar at lunch time.

To celebrate the success of the project, the school council dressed up in giant fruit and vegetable costumes and delivered a school assembly with Elaine, the school cook and pupils taking part in fruit and vegetable tastings.

Elaine said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with the pupils and staff at Woodlawn School to raise awareness of eating healthy food and the massive benefits that brings.

“The enthusiasm the pupils have shown for the project has been wonderful and it’s great that the new muffins on the menu are a lasting reminder of its success.”

Gill said: “We have been delighted to work with Northumbria Healthcare’s school nursing service to encourage our pupils to choose more healthy food options.

“The project has had a serious health message, however, above all has been a lot of fun and we’re hoping it will help improve the health and wellbeing of our pupils and their families.”

The trust’s school nursing service (special schools) in North Tyneside and Northumberland provides specialist clinical input for children with specific health needs.

They also have a vital public health role to help prevent illness and promote health and wellbeing by working with school communities.

The school, primarily for children and young people with disabilities and complex health needs, is also currently fund-raising to build a new sensory school garden for pupils to enjoy and to grow and taste vegetables.