Students learn about healthy eating as part of pioneering sports programme
Students at The Regis School have begun a new healthy eating drive following a six week cooking programme. The Eat Like an Athlete programme sought to introduce the students to a range of healthy recipes and encourage them to follow a well-balanced diet.
The programme was open to a group of Year 10 girls who are already enrolled on the X-Elle programme – a national project which seeks to encourage more girls to participate in sport.
To launch the programme, healthy eating champion and recipe book author, Kate Percy ran a full day cooking workshop for the girls. The workshop, which took place in the school’s food technology classrooms, introduced the girls to the different food groups and the principles of healthy cooking. Following the launch workshop, the girls met every week to cook new recipes and understand why they were healthy. The discussions obviously took place whilst the girls were eating their culinary delights! During the programme, the girls cooked Spanish Meatballs, Butternut Squash Pasta and Blueberry Oat Pancakes.
Harriet Taylor, who lead the programme, said:
‘This was much more than just a cookery course; the girls gained a real understanding of what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle and to have a good diet. It has been great to see their eating habits change over the course of the programme and I am delighted that the girls are continuing to cook the recipes at home.’
Caitlin Smith, a Year 10 student who participated in the programme, said:
‘We all really enjoyed participating in the Eat Like an Athlete programme. Not only did we get to eat delicious food at the end of every session but we now all know what it means to be healthy. I’ve been cooking lots of the recipes for my family at home who all seem to be enjoying them!’