26 April 2016 / Categories: Carlisle Food City The PhunkyFoods Project in Carlisle helping schools and the community make the right choices The PhunkyFoods unique offering incorporates three important pillars of success: Capacity building by training existing school staff in delivering healthy lifestyle messaging for children and their families. Our training ensures sustainability of the approach; Our award-winning cross-curricular healthy eating and physical activity classroom resources and lesson plans for a sustainable universal approach across all school year groups; Our regional Engagement and Development Coordinators (EDCs) offer vital support and in-school one-to-one consultancy around the whole school approach to healthy lifestyles. From facilitating audits of existing activities and advising on dining room issues, to developing strong community links by delivering parent/carer workshops and running cook and eat sessions; our EDCs facilitate a range of sustainable solutions to support the food in schools agenda, dependent on individual school need. A recent 2-year randomised-controlled feasibility study of the PhunkyFoods Programme, also funded by Nestlé Healthy Kids and conducted independently by Professor Pinki Sahota of Leeds Beckett University, found ‘the PhunkyFoods Programme to be valued in schools by both teachers and pupils. The study findings demonstrate encouraging positive changes in healthy lifestyle knowledge and eating patterns of pupils taking part in the PhunkyFoods Programme.’ An excerpt from a case study of a Carlisle school follows: Nikki Hall, Teacher and Design & Technology Subject Leader at Kingmoor Nursery & Infant School, CARLISLE (240 pupils). “Since starting PhunkyFoods our pupils have increased their ability to carry out basic cooking skills such as cutting, spreading, weighing etc. They are more aware of healthy eating choices and their knowledge and understanding of key healthy eating messages such as “five a day” and the “healthy eating plate” have improved tenfold. The children are more enthusiastic towards cooking lessons and their engagement has also increased. Children are now more involved and independent due to the improvement of planning. Children are now more willing to try new foods at lunch times and more children are attempting to eat salad and vegetables. Savoury recipes which are practised in class are sent home to parents so that learning can be shared. Homework which encourages children to practice basic cooking skills at home has also been a great success.” To find out how PhunkyFoods and Kingmoors School have been working together to achieve this success, you can read more on Nikki’s case study at http://www.phunkyfoods.co.uk/why-phunkyfoods/case-studies/ For further details please contact Email: [email protected] or Tel: 01423 858 123 Website: www.phunkyfoods.co.uk Print 1952 Rate this article: No rating More links Phunky Foods Website Please login or register to post comments.