As part of the Healthy Ireland initiative, we delivered workshops in local schools from January to March 2019 - designed to support children and families to learn about nutrition, cooking and eating healthy food, and to encourage physical exercise. We're currently devising our new programme for 2020 - watch this space!
Cook Eat Share workshops
Cook Eat Share training - delivered by Cooking Up Change - has a three-pronged approach to making healthy, affordable food accessible to all - working with children, parents and schools to create cultural change around healthy eating.
Programme for Parents: Six-week course for parents in the school to learn about providing healthier, less processed food choices for children - delivered in a relaxed and friendly style - includes food demos, recipe sharing and eating food together with the overall aim of “trying it out” at home and in the lunch boxes. Covers how to 'shop savvy' for value and health, clever store cupboard essentials, label demystifying and preparing a healthier shopping list. The workshops were very well received - one parent said “the cooking class really helped me to go back to basics and start cooking from scratch again”.
In-school Workshop for Students: Covers what a healthy lunchbox looks like, easy food demos, promoting healthier food choices and the importance of physical exercise - delivered using friendly and motivational approaches with the aim of students talking about healthier food choices at home and amongst their peers.
We're delighted how much the children enjoyed the workshops: St. Fergal’s said “the children really looked forward to each workshop as the groups can sometimes be quite tricky to engage, and [teachers] were so impressed at how responsive the children were to the workshops”. Ravenswell said “the positive response from pupils was outstanding”. St. Peter’s noted that when the 6th class children were writing up their passports for secondary schools, the majority of pupils had put down the series of workshops as one of their highlights of the school year.
Below you can see some of the lovely food made by children and parents who took part in this initiative and the project work of students exploring a healthy diet and lifestyle!