Dieticians from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust have brought healthy eating to life for Rotherham school children.
The team, including Emma Ritchie – TRFT Dietitian, Felicia Nicol – TRFT Dietetic Assistant, Lisa Gammons – also a TRFT Dietetic Assistant and Katie Mackay a Student Dietitian attended Rothermunch at Magna.
The event was organised by Rotherham Ready, the borough’s internationally acclaimed 4-19 enterprise programme, and was led by local entrepreneur Lee Bestall who designed the Rothermunch concept 3 years ago.
A number of schools across the borough attended the event bringing with them produce that they had grown in school such as baby carrots, tomatoes and new potatoes. This was then turned into a large lunch by Magna staff and young entrepreneur, Danny West of ‘Pizzatainment’, a Rotherham based company who provide pizza making parties.
As Rothermunch is part of the annual RMBC Children’s Festival, childrens’ entertainer Dave Benson Phillips compered the event and the children found him to be hilarious!
In particular the TRFT team taught the children about the ‘eat well plate’ which helps them to eat a balanced diet.
Emma Ritchie said: "We discussed, alongside the children, what they need to do to turn pizzas from potentially very unhealthy, to a healthy balanced meal such as adding lots of veggies, only adding a little cheese and using lean meat.
"It was great fun and the interactive nature of the event really helped the children to take the healthy eating messages on board."
The children were then provided with blank pizza boxes and lots of pictures of toppings from which to design their own pizzas. They then presented their healthy pizzas to the team who acted as ‘judges’. Two teams were picked, one who designed the healthiest pizza and one who came up with the best pizza name.
Kelford School ‘The Mighty Muncher Crunchers’ won healthiest pizza due to their inclusion of lots of vegetables on their pizza; they even had salad on the side and an apple for dessert! Wath Central Primary students won best pizza name with ‘Yummy Yummy Rainbow in my Tummy’.
Felicia added: "If we can teach children about healthy eating when they are young it will hopefully encourage them to make healthier choices at school and also pass on some of this information to family members."
The team also attended Rothermunch last year where they ran a workshop around creating healthy smoothies.