A project aiming to encourage families to eat, cook and grow healthy food was launched at a primary school in the Lutterworth area.
Leicestershire County Council launched its healthy food initiative Food for Life at Gilmorton Chandler Primary earlier this month.
As part of the initiative at Gilmorton there will be cooking classes for pupils and parents, improved school meals and the promotion of locally-sourced ingredients.
The county council has commissioned the Food for Life partnership to work with schools, nurseries and care homes across the county in a bid to transform attitudes to healthy eating.
Gilmorton headteacher Marie Sandford said: The Food for Life partnership has really helped us.
“We’ve transformed our school grounds, so that we are able to grow fruit and vegetables and then use them in our school meals.
“The quality of the food we are now producing and the overall dining experience has improved, leading to an increase in the numbers of children having school dinners.
“We have made good links with local farms and make regular visits to these, giving children a greater understanding of where their food comes from.”
The Food for Life partnership is a central part of the County Hall’s long-term anti-obesity strategy, which also includes physical activity projects.
The council’s cabinet member for health Ernie White, who visited Gilmorton, said: “Obesity and poor nutrition are major health problems.
“Two-thirds of our adults are overweight or obese, increasing their risk of becoming ill. Food for Life aims to tackle this in a long-term, positive way.
“If we can educate children about the importance of healthy food and help them to learn lessons from grandparents , we can make a major difference.
“We hope whole families will realise that growing and cooking their own food is fun, makes them fitter and is very rewarding. I’d encourage other schools to follow Gilmorton lead on this issue.”
Key parts of the initiative include teaching pupils how to grow and cook food and learn where it comes from.
Gilmorton pupil Phoebe, (8) said: “We grew some peas and I don’t really like peas, but the ones we grew tasted yummy.”
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