Nutrition for Schools
A successful education that supports and shapes the development of young people today goes way beyond just academia. The importance of nutrition is gathering momentum and is seen to play a vital role in the way children progress through the education system and beyond, fuelling body and mind, enabling them to thrive both in the classroom and on the sports field.
The confusion about what our children should and should not eat is becoming a regular news item. This series of workshops is designed to provide a clear and simple strategy for schools, parents and most importantly the children themselves.
“Good nutrition is key to a child’s education and is fundamental to their cognitive function, their energy levels, their ability to deal with stress and their overall wellbeing”, says Bath-based nutrition consultant and Nutrizuno’s founder, Caroline Chilton-Bates. “This is particularly important as they start to face the many challenges put before them including exam pressure and ultimately the need to get the right grades to go to their chosen university or to start their future career.
“Our aim is to help the children develop a healthy relationship with food from an early age, including the promotion and understanding of a well-balanced healthy lifestyle, which will remain with them into adulthood. A healthy attitude to food and fitness has been shown to provide pupils with confidence when dealing with potential detrimental factors including adverse peer pressure regarding ‘body image’ that can impact on eating habits, especially amongst young girls / teenagers.”
As a Registered Nutrition Consultant with an MSc in Personalised Nutrition and a Diploma in Nutritional Science as well as a parent with two young children going through the Bath education system, this is a subject that is close to Caroline’s heart.
The workshops address the most common nutrition-related concerns gained from feedback from both pupils and staff including:
- Mid-afternoon energy slumps and an inability to concentrate due to blood sugar imbalance
- Hormonal changes (not solely in females) leading to erratic or irritable behaviour
- An unhealthy relationship with food – stemming from peer pressure, media or occasionally parental influence
- The importance of including protein, carbohydrates and fats in a healthy diet
- Poor complexion, dehydration and fatigue
- Stress management