Food Dudes -
The aim of the Food Dudes Programme is to encourage children to eat and enjoy a healthy amount of fruit and vegtables. The programme is managed by Bord Bia and to date over 2,700 primary schools have participated.
The programme in Ireland received a "counteracting obesity" award from the World Health Organisation in 2006.
Eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day is recommended as part of a healthy, balanced diet. this is called the "5 a day goal" and has many health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and some cancers later in life. (A portion is roughly the amount of fruit or vegatables that would fit into your child's cupped hand)
As well as eating fruit and vegtables at school, it is important that children eat them at home, too.
2 main phases to the programme
Phase 1 Is an intensive which lasts 16 days....during this time, children are given fruit and vegetables while they read a letter or watch a specially designed video of the Food Dudes.
Phase 2 extends to the home element of the the Food Dudes Programme by encouraging the children to bring their own fruit and veg to school every day in special Food Dudes containers. Classroom wall charts are used to record progress and children will receive Food Dudes certificates and further rewards on achieving their goals. This phase maintains fruits and veg consumption in the longer term.
Good luck to everyone and thank you for your help.
Some photos to follow of students testing and tasting the food from the Food Dudes programme!! These will be updated over the next two weeks.