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Research finds summer 'learning lag' link with holiday hunger
12/06/2017 16:06
Researchers at Northumbria University have found that attainment levels dropped to four and a half weeks behind where they were before the summer holidays among pupils aged six to eight years old because of a lack of access to holiday hunger schemes.

TES reports that Northumbria University surveyed 428 organisations that provide food during school holidays and carried out a separate pilot study to analyse the educational impact of three of these programmes.

The research found that the summer schemes, which also offer access to books...

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12/06/2017 09:06
Scotland Policy Conferences is to host a keynote seminar to discuss key issues for tackling obesity in Scotland.

The ‘policy priorities for tackling obesity in Scotland’ seminar on Wednesday, February 21st follows the publication of the Scottish Government’s new diet and obesity strategy and physical activity delivery plan.

Chaired by Kenneth Gibson MSP, co-convener of the Cross Party Group of...

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12/06/2017 08:06
A survey from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has found that one in ten 14 to 16-year-olds think tomatoes grow underground and 6% believe dairy cow produce eggs.

The survey of over 5,000 school children aged between five and 16 also found that 54% of 11 to 14-year-olds use the internet as a reliable source of information on healthy eating, with schools as the second biggest source of information as 59% rely on schools to provide them with correct...

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08/06/2017 08:06
The Dairy Council is to host a series of study days throughout June with open lectures from health professionals and writers on dairy, nutrition and health.

The events, which will be free to attend, are being held in Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Cardiff and London.

Topics to be discussed include dairy and cardiometabolic health, dairy and obesity, and dairy and healthy ageing.

Among those speaking are Professor Ian Givens, in...

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Aimia Foods joins Food for Life supplier scheme
07/06/2017 07:06
Food and beverage manufacturer Aimia Foods has announced that it has joined the Soil Association’s Food for Life Supplier Scheme.

By joining the scheme, Aimia offers caterers the assurance that specific products purchased from Aimia meet the Food for Life Catering Mark entry level criteria.

Karen Green, marketing manager at Aimia Foods, said: “There is now far more awareness within the foodservice sector of the...

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05/06/2017 12:06
The University of Hertfordshire has urged schools to work harder to provide nutritious, affordable lunches as new research from the university shows four in ten (41%) teenagers consume sugary drinks during school lunch break despite them being banned.

Professor Wendy Wills, a researcher from the University of Hertfordshire, said: “It is imperative that schools provide healthier options alongside a more desirable social environment and that they include young people in these decisions.

“School meals may be more nutritious than food or...

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Save school lunches petition breaks 50,000 mark
05/06/2017 09:06
A petition set up by a group of headteachers has gathered 54,748 signatures in support of its call to save universal infant free school meals since its launch last week.

Lead petitioner Tim Baker, headteacher at Charlton Manor Primary School in Greenwich, launched the petition in response to the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to end universal infant free school meals and replace it with a breakfast scheme.

The petition states that a policy change...

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Children’s Food Trust welcomes Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute as new partner
02/06/2017 08:06
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has been announced as the latest partner of the Children’s Food Trust in a bid to encourage knowledge, skills and confidence in fish cookery, and the importance of fish as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Linda Cregan, chief executive of the Children’s Food Trust, said: “It’s a pleasure to be working with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and I feel that we have only just scratched the surface with what we can achieve. There are great benefits to eating oily fish and we’re thrilled to be...

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Headteachers’ save school lunches petition gathers momentum
31/05/2017 09:05
A petition launched by a group of headteachers calling for support to keep universal infant free school meals has gathered over 1,000 signatures.

Tim Baker, headteacher at Charlton Manor Primary School, Greenwich in London, and lead petitioner, said: “As a headteacher I know first-hand how important free school lunches are and the damage taking them away will do, for example unlike school lunches, breakfasts have no minimum fruit and...

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26/05/2017 16:05
McCain has named Rose Khan, from London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Services, as winner of its annual McCain Simply One Pot Meal Competition.

Khan beat four other finalists to win the competition with her chicken and potato cakes recipe at the cook off at Eckington Manor, Worcestershire.

Anne Bull, judge and former LACA Chair, said: “It’s been another great year for the McCain Simply One Pot Meal Competition and as always, it...

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