So the Olympics have started in London! Hooray, we are full of pride for our Great British athletes! Hopefully it will be a great way of persuading the great British public to become healthier. As much fun as we have performing “Meal or No Meal”, our healthy eating drama workshops in primary schools we know they have a serious message behind it.
Recent statistics from a large-scale survey in the UK show that as many as 25 percent of boys and 33 percent of girls aged between two and 19 years are overweight or obese. Unsurprisingly, most health experts agree one of the most important factors in the fight against childhood obesity is to encourage healthy eating habits from an early age.
Here’s a great game you can use with your class to teach them all about Healthy Eating.
Which Food Goes Where? (Suitable for Years 1 – 4)
Make up 5 food category signs
- Bread, other cereals and potatoes
- Fruit and Vegetables
- Milk and Dairy Foods
- Meat, Fish, beans, nuts and tofu.
- Fats and Sugars
Make some laminated pictures of food. Make two of each picture. You can either get the pictures off the internet or get the class to help you with drawing the pictures of the food. Here are some suggestions:
Apple x 2 (Fruit and Veg), Carrot x 2 (Fruit and veg), Bottle of Milk x 2 (Milk and Dairy), Tin of Tuna x 2 (Meat and Fish), Sausage x 2 (Meat and Fish), Nuts x2 (Meat and Fish), Slice of Bread x 2 (Bread, Cereals and potatoes), Oven chips x 2 (Bread, cereals and potatoes), Chocolate bar x 2 (Fats and sugar), Bottle of oil x 2 (Fats and sugar)
This game needs lots of space so use the hall!
- Make sure that you have two pictures of each of the foods. Split them into two separate piles so that each group has the same pictures. If you want to make it so they are competing put different coloured stickers on the pictures, e.g. red for one team and green for the other.
- Get five chairs or use a blank wall.
- Stick the 5 food category signs either on the back of 5 chairs or on a blank wall. Spread them out.
- Split the class into two teams and sit them on mats facing the chairs/wall.
- Get three volunteers from each team up to the front of the mats. Volunteer 1 from each team will be in charge of holding up the pictures of the food. Volunteers 2/3 from each team will run to put the food with the right sign.
- Tell the teams that the volunteer holding the food pictures will hold them up one picture at a time. Each team has to decide under which food category they go.
- Once they have decided (majority rules!) volunteer 2 will run and put the food picture under the food category sign (Either on the chair, or sticking it to the blank wall) they think it goes with. Once volunteer 2 returns the next picture is held up and volunteer 3 runs to put it under the right category and so on.
- Say that you will give the children one minute to complete the game, just to make them go quicker – this makes it more exciting for them – it’s up to you whether you actually time them or not!
- Play the game!
- When they have finished you can look to see if all the foods are in the right category. This can lead to explaining how each food group helps our bodies and how to be especially healthy we should have a balance of all the foods every day, saving the fats and sugars as a special treat.
- To make the game more difficult or last longer, you can add more food or more unusual or difficult to categorise food, vegetables like butternut squash, avocadoes, lentils, tofu, crisps or a bowl of cereal.
We hope you and your pupils enjoy this game and find it useful to start introducing your class to healthy eating. If would like to know more creative ways to teach your children about healthy eating, or if you would like to book a day of healthy eating drama workshops, do get in touch using the quick enquiry form to the right and we’ll be happy to help.
Whilst working on drugs awareness this week we had a look at the latest in depth study done by the NHS in 2009. This is what they found:
- In 2009, more than half (56%) of 15 year olds were offered drugs.
The pupils we worked with were shocked as actually they would have considered it to be more of them.
Out of that 56%
- 80% of pupils who had ever been offered drugs had refused them at least once and only 22% of pupils reported having taken drugs.
This again surprised the pupils as they would have thought it was more, it was really good to be able to demonstrate to the pupils that not as many young people take drugs as they think and in fact if they say no to drugs, they are in the majority rather than the minority.
- Pupils were most likely to have got the ﬁrst drugs they took from a friend of the same age.
We had some answers from pupils that ranged from you have to go down a dark alley to get drugs, you get them off adults, you have to find a dealer. Again it was a surprise that they were most likely to get them off friends.
It was slightly shocking in some way how little knowledge the pupils had about drugs, it is worrying that the majority of facts they have about drugs are misrepresented facts from their friends, how do we expect young people to be able to make informed choices if they are not armed with as much information as possible? If you would like to book Act On Info drug awareness workshops or assemblies for your PSHE lessons next term, please contact us using the quick enquiry form.
It is New York fashion week this week and for the first time in its history, plus-sized models will feature. By plus-sized the industry means anyone size UK 16 or over, which accounts for the majority of both the American and UK markets. The question is: whether this is a positive step toward embracing the different shapes and sizes we humans come in, or is it encouraging us to accept our rising obesity levels as normal? Its a sticky subject. While we all struggle with the ideas of a perfect body image, we can’t ignore the fact that our average waist size is increasing quicker than you can say “all you can eat buffet”. What is important is that we don’t fall into the trap of believing that we should all fit some unrealistic image and that we do celebrate our diversity. It is our self-confidence which needs protecting as well as our arteries. Here at Act on Info Towers we have drama workshops for schools which cover the issues of healthy eating and activity. We believe it is crucial for our young people to understand the importance of a healthy and balanced diet and to enjoy regular activities. If we learn this information early on then it is easier to keep healthy later on in life. To book our Healthy Eating Drama Workshop or Play in a Day send us an email or make a quick enquiry (see right).
Apparently more than a third of all our pet dogs are overweight. The PDSA have been researching our canine friends’ weight issues and are warning that many of them will suffer health problems. The number of obese pets has risen considerably over the past few years so it seems we are not being particularly loving to our best friends. Here at Act on Info Theatre in Education Company we offer Drama Workshops covering many health topics including Healthy Eating and Activity. It seems that what we all need, man and beast alike, is more education with regard to how to stay healthy. So why not book a class workshop, assembly or Play in a Day for your school and give our young people all the info. Then maybe they can pass it on to their families and pets.
So our alcohol consumption is front page news once more. Watchdog NICE has backed the campaign to introduce a minimum price per unit. This would mean an end to the cheap offers we are currently bombarded with in off-licences and supermarkets. However, with the statistics for alcohol related deaths increasing every year it seems we need to address our love of booze. Here at Act on Info we have been running Health Drama Workshops for the past 10 years and we stick firm to our beliefs that education is the best form of attack. This is particularly true when it comes to young people. We offer assemblies, 1 hour drama workshops and Play in a Day workshops covering alcohol, drugs, smoking and healthy eating. Send us an email or make a quick enquiry (see right) to make a booking.
Saturday, May 18, 10:59 am