PUPIL HEALTHY EATING AND BODY IMAGE: PRIMARY TEACHERS INVITED TO LEARN WITH SCIENCE AND NUTRITION EXPERTS

21st September 2017

Free ‘Food For Thought’ event will offer ideas and inspiration to boost pupil health and wellbeing

Primary school teachers from across the UK are being encouraged to join science, nutrition and health experts at a special event in London next month.

Hosted by Discovery Education and Alimentarium Academy on 17th October, Day of Discovery – Food For Thought will bring educators and specialists together for a day of dynamic workshops, experiments and seminars exploring healthy eating and body image in primary school age pupils.

To celebrate the event, teachers attending will be entered into a prize draw to win a trip to the famous Alimentarium Museum and a two-night stay in Geneva. Primary school teachers, teaching assistants and support staff are invited to register for Day of Discovery – Food for Thought here.

With sessions led by nutrition experts and body image specialists, this important event will equip teachers with exciting ideas and activities to teach children about food science and nutrition. It will also help schools to place health and wellbeing at the centre of everyday learning and meet guidelines on teaching about food at primary level.

Jenny Tschiesche, also known as The Lunchbox Doctor, will deliver a health boost for lessons and lunchtimes in two practical sessions packed with creative classroom ideas.

“This event is a great opportunity to learn some tips and tricks from the UK’s lunchbox expert,” said Jenny. “I can’t wait to share some new perspectives on teaching healthy eating to children. I believe in prevention rather than cure and nutrition education is a critical element in preventing ill-health and ensuring long term health and vitality.”

Drawing upon the latest research into child mental health, body image specialists Nicky Hutchinson and Chris Calland will show teachers how they can help pupils feel happy in their own skin, with positive strategies to build self-esteem and confidence.

And children’s author Chris Lloyd, best-selling author of the ‘What on Earth’ history books, will explore how nutrition can be taught across the primary curriculum, with an energetic and interactive tour of food through the ages.
Day of Discovery – Food for Thought takes place at London’s Coin Street Conference Centre on 17th October 2017. The event is free and schools interested in attending can register here.

Rebecca Parker, a science specialist from The Downs School in Bristol, said: “I’m really looking forward to attending Food for Thought, and plan to organise a whole school event afterwards, looking at healthy eating and body image.”

Fellow attendee Katarina Lantz-Dretnik, a Year 1 teacher at London’s Swedish School said: “I attended a recent Day of Discovery and it was a fantastic event. Discovery Education events always deliver, with lots of inspiring teaching ideas and great networking opportunities.”

Day of Discovery – Food for Thought launches a 3-year partnership between Discovery Education and Switzerland’s Alimentarium Foundation. The collaboration includes the creation of exciting new Key Stage 2 digital classroom resources – Eating, Moving and Growing – available to schools now through Discovery Education Espresso’s award-winning digital learning service.

Ursula Zeller, Director of the Alimentarium said: “We are delighted to attend this event as part of our partnership with Discovery Education. Sharing our thoughts, perspectives and knowledge with schools in the UK is a very rewarding experience.”