Launched in 2007, this educational programme is designed to assist primary school teachers in supporting Year five and six students make healthier food and lifestyle choices. With one in three New Zealand school children either overweight or obese , Food for Thought is an important initiative that New World and Pams are supporting.
The programme, which is to be taught over one school term, consists of a series of posters, over 126 nutrition and food-related activities, and allows for students to visit their local New World supermarket to get a new perspective on making healthy eating choices. Children learn how to read nutrition labels, compare the nutritional benefits of products, and learn about allergy awareness. To conclude the programme, students will participate in creating a healthy shared lunch that meets the nutritional requirements of their class. Both the supermarket tour and shared lunch are valuable experiences as they reinforce the knowledge gained in the classroom setting.
If you want to learn more about Food for Thought, please visit the Food For Thought website.