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Southern county primary schools to offer healthy meals

Young pupils in Hampshire are looking forward to healthy, tasty school dinners, which will be introduced at the start of the new school year.

Among the new dishes that the primary school children will be able to sample is Italian tomato pasta and Spanish chicken, all made from locally sourced produce.

The vegetables being served will come from school farms in the area, while produce will be sourced from the New Forest. Although the primary schools are going to introduce a new healthy menu, the cost of school lunches will remain at £2 per meal.

Hampshire County Council’s executive lead for children’s services, Councillor Keith Mans, said:

“The school meals service provides nutritious meals, working closely with schools, pupils and parents to create varied menus that are healthy and tasty.”

Mans added that the introduction of healthy school meals would help to encourage children to eat a nutritious diet, one of the main components of preventing obesity and related clinical problems. He added:

“There is work to do to ensure schools can support the provision of school meals as uptake increases.”

If successful, this practice may be adopted by other educational institutes around the UK and could include the addition of healthy tuckshop food. Tyne and Wear is just one of the locations in Britain that practices healthy eating in many of its schools. It is also likely that encouraging schools to grow their own vegetables will keep costs as low as possible, maintaining a reasonable price for the children’s meals.

Posted by Susan
April 26, 2014
Schools

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