A Healthy Diet Matters – Homemakers Project

A Healthy Diet Matters – Homemakers Project


I’m you know I chaired for three years the the school Food Trust which was actually a government organization to help schools start to do decent food in for dinners school meals and in that three years we really achieved a huge amount we we set up 5,000 cookery clubs in schools for children we got the law changed so that you cannot sell junk to children in schools anymore no more chocolate chips and crisps and stuff I think you’re allowed one deep too deep fried items a week so if you have fish and chips on Fridays that’s it no more frying for the rest of the week then we also changed the law so the schools had to offer healthy balanced diet we also got schools having to offer cookery to every child in the country anybody who wants to call can learn to cook at school now the push now should be and I no longer chair but this is I know this is what they want to do is now to make it compulsory cooking to be compulsory at schools rather than just an option that you have a right to two and it’s cool so anyway and then also we got much more money spent on kitchens and on cooking being part of the curriculum and so it’s really important to convince parents that a healthy diet matters but it’s extremely difficult because you can’t coerce them you can’t force them there they have their grown up so constantly other children and the children will bring in their parents it is extraordinary I mean I’ve seen cookery clubs where children go out and mothers come to fetch them all fathers comfort and the drag them into the supermarket to call the exactly the same thing that they’ve just learned because they want to cook it at home I think there are it you have to tackle it on all fronts manufacturers have to be persuaded or text or influenced into better policies less salt fat sugar in the in food and the law has to prevent advertising to a greater degree than it does at the moment every community should try to run classes and fun things for grown-ups I’ve noticed that if you advertise for people to come to let’s say a cocker e class or cookery lessons the only people who cover people already interested in cooking and those aren’t the people who want to get to the you want to get people who at never cook and never have cooked and whose mom but mother’s didn’t go well I found the best way to do get to them is through their children you know the school Food Trust set up in England and five thousand and cookery and clubs in schools and what happened was the children got interested in these clubs that the clubs were for children and parents and then the children had to bring their parents which they were been reluctant to do it first sometimes but gradually the parents came because they thought they were supporting their children and so you get them in there and then they’re gone this is fun this is easy it’s not so difficult if you judge a good restaurant by how clean the loo is and how polite the staff are and how delicious the food is why at home would we accept fairly frankly quite grubby houses and standards of Hygiene we’d never accept in a in a hotel or in a restaurant and pretty lousy food and people shouting at each other I mean I think standards are standards the big enemy force good food is bad food and by bad food I mean a constant diet of treats at ritas one it’s fine if it’s a real treat I not often but the children live on drunk obviously as well and manufacturers have a duty to their shareholders they have to sell this stuff so they you know they have huge budgets I just think that for the rest of my life your life and our children’s lives we have to keep vigilantly promoting cooking and food education because it’s the only way to stem the tide of chocolate and chips in the end however much governments preach the answer lies in education because we have to have parents believing in a healthy diet in order for children to be fed a healthy diet because even if schools manage to do their best to produce healthy food and they’re not it’s not much better than it used to be if mum and dad have been brought up on chips and chocolate they’re not going to encourage their children we have to put more emphasis on learning skills for life and interestingly some of the academy’s the new schools are doing that because they realize that actually the most important thing is to teach children how to live which means teaching them how to be at home you

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