A recent survey has revealed that teachers worry about primary school pupils’ diets, with 46 per cent of the teachers questioned stating that their pupils display little or no knowledge of healthy eating. A further 90 per cent said that they want healthy eating to be on the national curriculum for all year groups.
Conducted on behalf of the educational programme, Eat Like A Champ, the survey gathered the opinions of 500 primary school teachers and revealed that 95 per cent of teachers are worried about their pupils’ eating.
The market researchers discovered that 89 per cent of teachers believe that schools could do more to help children eat healthier at primary school.
Of the teachers in the survey, 48 per cent said that only a few pupils eat one portion of fruit and veg per day.
More than 2 in 3 of the teachers (or 69 per cent) said that they are responsible in some capacity for what their pupils eat and 72 per cent said that they would like to see children’s lunch boxes be monitored.
Created by Danone and the British Nutrition Foundation, the Eat Like A Champ campaign was designed to inspire children to make healthy choices through education and the provision of knowledge.
General Manager at Danone, Adam Grant, said of the Eat Like A Champ programme: “The concept of Eat Like A Champ is to make healthy eating exciting and inspire children to adopt the healthy choices of champions they admire.
“Since 2010, 100,000 children have taken part and have adopted healthier lifestyles as a result which is a fantastic achievement.”
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