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School meals are a good thing – more should have them. In 2005, Jamie Oliver and his consciousness-altering Jamie's School Dinners series on C4 persuaded the Labour government to purge Turkey Twizzlers and all junk food from the menus at England's schools. All that has been replaced with healthy, nutritious lunches. Enlightened intervention improves pupils' health and ability to learn. In 2010, a new Lib-Con coalition government, avowedly committed to fairness, has scrapped its predecessor's plans to extend free school meals to 500,000 children from low-income families.

Doctors, teaching unions and child poverty campaigners urge a rethink. "Healthier school meals improve classroom behaviour, helping to improve academic performance and attainment," they point out to Michael Gove. An Ofsted report last Friday gave schools deserved plaudits for their efforts to make the food served on their premises tasty and popular. So good news – but only up to a point. . • Denis Campbell is the Guardian's health correspondent. Jo 10% drop.

The health of children who eat school dinners may be better than pupils who bring in packed lunches, according to a study published online by the British Medical Journal today. Despite the furore over substandard school meals, inspired by the TV chef Jamie Oliver and taken up by the government, the two-year study of more than 1,000 secondary school pupils in England and Wales concluded that children who took school dinners were certainly in no worse shape than their classmates who ate at home or had packed lunches.

Following Mr Oliver's television exposé there has been a 10% drop in the take-up of school meals, partly as a result of horrified parents keeping their children away from the school canteen. These findings suggest parents might have been better sticking to school dinners and could be an embarrassment to the education secretary, Ruth Kelly, who has made school nutrition a centrepiece of her education policy. Advert What's 15 minutes in the context of your teaching career? Government cancels survey on nutritional content of school meals. The government has cancelled a national survey on the take-up and nutritional content of school meals, one of the major victories of Jamie Oliver's campaign and seen as a significant indicator for wider childhood health and obesity.

The Children's Food Trust, which has carried out the study since 2006, told the Guardian it had been informed by the Department for Education that it would not be commissioned to do the survey this year, and nor would another organisation. Ministers will decide whether to resurrect the survey in the future following a wider report into school food led by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, founders of the Leon chain of restaurants. Last month the trust, set up by the government in the wake of Oliver's 2005 TV series about the poor standard of food served in many schools, learned it would lose all its government funding, news that prompted alarm among childhood nutrition campaigners.

Oliver says standards down. 25 November 2011Last updated at 14:28 By Angela Harrison Education correspondent, BBC News Jamie Oliver: "The standards are there to keep everyone on their game" The TV chef Jamie Oliver has accused the Education Secretary Michael Gove of eroding healthy school food standards. A campaign by the chef led to tough new legal standards for meals in England's schools. But now caterers are saying that some of England's new academy schools - which do not have to abide by the regulations - are asking for "unhealthy food". The government says it trusts schools to act in their pupils' best interest.

And it says it has no reason to believe that academies will not provide healthy, balanced meals that meet the current nutritional standards Jamie Oliver told BBC Breakfast News: "The bit of work that we did which is law was a good bit of work for any government. "So to erode it, which is essentially what Mr Gove is doing - his view is we let schools do what they want.

" 'Return of the sausage roll' Dr. Dalia Haroun. Assistant Professor BSc. Nutrition and DieteticsMSc. Clinical Nutrition and ImmunologyPhD. Child Health Bio Dr. She has previously worked as a Research Project Manager at the School Food Trust in the UK assessing the nutrient standards of food and drink sold at primary and secondary schools in the UK and investigating children's food and drink choices inside and outside school. Office: Dubai Academic City, (D wing, R-L1-040) Phone: +9714 402 1724 Email: Dalia.haroun@zu.ac.ae Teaching Areas Principles of Nutrition (HSC 205) Nutrition Across the Lifespan (HSC 307) Advanced Human Nutrition (HSC 412) Clinical Nutrition (HSC 440) Research and Professional Activities Research Project: Dietary Habits among children in the UAE. Jo Pearce. Teaching Fellow in Nutrition, Faculty of Science Contact workRoom 49G North LaboratorySutton Bonington CampusSutton BoningtonLeicestershireLE12 5RDUKwork0115 951 6105Jo.Pearce@nottingham.ac.uk Biography Jo graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in Microbiology in 2000 and completed her MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003.

She went on to work as a community nutritionist at SureStart and as a research assistant at the Centre for Pregnancy Nutrition, University of Sheffield. From 2006-2012, Jo worked as a research nutritionist at the Children's Food Trust (formerly the School Food Trust) where her research included national surveys of food provision and consumption in primary and secondary schools, RCTs investigating the link between school food and classroom behavior and the development of eating habits in children.

Teaching Summary Jo teaches on the following undergraduate modules: D21BN1 - Introduction to Nutrition. Battle of Ideas 2012 | speaker | Dr Michael Nelson. 5.5bil pl year. The turkey twizzler is long gone from school dinner plates – but children on packed lunches are still eating junk. British children eat 5.5 billion packed lunches each year but research from the University of Leeds shows that only one per cent of their lunchboxes meet the nutritional standards which have been set for their classmates on school meals.

About half of all children in England take a packed lunch to school. In the first study of its kind, the Leeds research team, commissioned by the Food Standards Agency, found that 82 per cent of their lunchboxes contained foods high in saturated fat, salt and sugar - items such as crisps, sweets and biscuits. Only one in five packed lunches contained any vegetables or salad and about half included an item of fruit - yet in the overwhelming majority of cases, even these fell well below the standards demanded of school dinners. Further Information Notes to editors. A cross-sectional survey of chi... [J Epidemiol Community Health. 2010] 11 - cross sectional study.

Tuesday January 12 2010 Few packed lunches are healthy enough “Only one in 100 pupils' packed lunches meets basic dietary standards,” reported The Times. The news story is based on a study that looked at what primary school children typically took to school in their packed lunches and how this compared to the nutritional standards set for school meals. The research did find that only a very small proportion of packed lunches met all the nutritional criteria set out in the standards for school meals, but no research was done on how packed lunches may affect children’s health.

This research provides evidence for policy makers of the need to produce practical educational material on how to prepare healthy and nutritionally balanced packed lunches. Where did the story come from? This research was carried out by Charlotte Evans and colleagues from the University of Leeds. What kind of research was this? What did the research involve? What were the basic results? Conclusion. The Negative Effects Of Eating Unhealthy Food For Kids | Madera Food Bank Business.

The most common problem among kids today is poor nutrition when it comes to food intake. Since we are now in a modern economy, foods are now processed with preservatives. Manufacturers do this to prolong the life of their products. Processed foods are high in sugar, fat and salt that often gives illnesses or certain diseases. The most common negative effects of eating unhealthy lunch among kids nowadays are obesity, liver diseases, diabetes, poor school performance, and heart problems.

Poor Performance In School Most of the time, when a kid does not get all of the nutrients he need, he often show a slow performance in school. Heart Diseases Food that is high in sodium can lead to stroke, high-blood pressure and certain heart diseases. Obesity Unhealthy food among kids also causes obesity. Liver Disease When we eat foods that are often processed, the body produces more insulin and it causes an elevated risk of having a fatty liver.

Diabetes Lack of Nutrients. 10 - healthu ch better learners. Processed foods that are high in fat, sugar, and salt have become a mainstay of lunches in schools across America and the results are in — experts say these unhealthy school lunches are a contributing factor to the childhood obesity epidemic. A movement is afoot to bring change to school lunch programs across the country. “We can do a tremendous amount of good for kids across the country if we change school lunches,” says Chef Ann Cooper, the self proclaimed “renegade lunch lady.” Cooper is an author, educator, and chef. Cooper and others are tackling the problem head on, bringing awareness to the issue of unhealthy school lunches. Change isn’t happening easily or quickly, but advocates remain hopeful they can impact the childhood obesity problem in America. An estimated 17% of children and adolescents ages 2-19 years are obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But there are many obstacles to improving unhealthy school lunches, not the least of which is money. 8 - some see pl better. Author: Suzanne Elvidge BSc (hons), MSc - Updated: 15 September 2012| According to the School Food Trust and the Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA), in the school year 2009-10, take-up of healthy school meals increased in primary and secondary schools to around 321,000. The proportion eating school lunches is 41.4% in primary schools and 35.8% in secondary schools. Advantages of School Meals Listed below are some of the advantages of schools meals: Variety and Choice These days, school menus offer a choice, rather than everybody eating the same thing, which makes eating more interesting, helps fussy eaters because there is likely to be something that they like, and teaches children independence and decision-making.

School lunches can also give the children the opportunity to try new foods that they don’t get at home, and to try food from other cultures. Convenience and Time and Money Saving Wellness Healthy Eating Eating Local Social Skills Hot Food on Cold Days Familiar Foods Title: 9 - obes stats sl. Thanks to food campaigners across the country, we have standards in school food to ensure that children don’t get offered junk and can eat well at school. After years of hard work however, the future was looking uncertain with the Government's move to exempt Academies and Free Schools.

However, good news is on the horizon! The School Food Plan has sparked a thorough review of the current standards and any revisions, if found to be effective, will be made mandatory for all schools. Stay informed via our campaign pages or sign up to our termly newsletter. At SFM, we want school meals to get even better. If we get all the pieces of the school food jigsaw in place, parents can order school meals with confidence and children will enjoy tasty and appealing food that’s good for them.

If you’re not happy with the meals offered at your school, contact us. The need to influence the eating habits of our children is well documented but here are a few reminders. Feed Me Better! 6 - advocate pl policies. The School Food Trust has produced some information and advice on healthier packed lunches. Recent research carried out by the School Food Trust suggests that the nutritional quality of school dinners are benefiting from the introduction of new food-based standards for school food.

These improvements are not reflected in the nutritional quality of packed lunches. This highlights the potential for inconsistency between food served in school and food brought from home. The School Food Trust advocates the introduction of Packed Lunch Policies to support healthier eating. Where implemented, after proper consultation with pupils, parents and staff, they offer clear guidance and an opportunity to improve food consumed by all pupils. Packed Lunch Policies are most effective when introduced as part of a Whole School Food Policy.

There are also case studies about packed lunches. 7 - JO - cancer research. 3 October 2011Last updated at 00:07 Kate Mendoza: "Eating healthily can reduce people's chances of getting diseases like cancer" Parents are failing to put enough fruit and veg into their children's packed lunches, health experts have warned. The School Food Trust, which examined 3,500 packed lunches in England in 2009, says about 40% of lunchboxes do not contain any fruit or vegetables, compared with 10% of school dinners. It said parents should consider switching to school meals. Meanwhile, the World Cancer Research Fund has set up a website to give parents advice on healthier lunchboxes. It says the same sort of changes as those made when TV chef Jamie Oliver championed school dinners are now needed. It wants parents to ensure their children's packed lunches always contain at least two portions of fruits and vegetables. 'Missed opportunity' WCRF head of education Kate Mendoza said: "There is no doubt Jamie Oliver helped achieve great things for the food served in school canteens.

LACA_ParentPay_Research_2012. 5 - 99 plunh - journal .. He was not too wide of the mark – although children at his school did do markedly better than the national average, where only one in every 100 packed lunches meets government nutritional standards. Chocolate abounded. The first lunchbox we uncovered at Coleraine Park Primary School in Tottenham, north London, contained a chocolate spread sandwich on white bread and a packet of crisps.

Another included a cheese pastry, a packet of Hula Hoops and a chocolate biscuit. However, we did then unearth one containing an orange, orange juice, water and a chicken sandwich. According to research published today by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, just 1.1 per cent of children's packed lunches meet nutritional standards for school meals. Only one in 10 children had a portion of any vegetable. The researchers, from the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Leeds University, said the evidence showed that food quality in packed lunches was "poor". What's in the box? Actual research lit review. 4 - CFT summary & info page. Jamie 1. Prise rise sl 2. 3 sl inc, The effects of breakfast on behavior and academic performance in children and adolescents.

32% of pupils skip breakfast before school, study finds | Society. Getting their oats helps kids perform better.