Culmore kids learn where their food’s from in fight the fat drive

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The pupils took part in an interactive Farm to Fork trail, and were taught more about the food on their plate and where it comes from.

During the interactive session, children learned about the history of gingerbread and oranges as traditional Christmas foods before getting hands-on with the festive ingredients themselves.

As well as decorating their own ginger biscuits, they also enjoyed creating Christingle decorations to take home as a memento of the day.

It was part of the Tesco Eat Happy Project, which is backed by Diabetes UK, the Children’s Food Trust and the NFU amongst others.

Farm to Fork is the longest running initiative of The Tesco Eat Happy Project, a major food education programme that is committed to improving children’s relationship with food.

Irene Hewitt, from the Tesco store on the Strand Road, said: “It was a pleasure to see such enthusiasm from the children of Culmore Primary School on the Christmas trail today.

“Learning about the origins of food is vital for improving the understanding of nutrition among young people.

“We look forward to not only visiting more schools in the area, but also running sessions in-store to help give children the tools to make healthier food choices.”

Research from the Future Foundation reveals 90 per cent of 7-14 year olds do not eat their recommended five daily portions of fruit and vegetables.

In fact, despite claiming they know what constitutes a healthy diet, 52 per cent think that potatoes count as one of their five-a-day, 16 per cent think orange squash counts and one in 10 per cent think carrot cake and ketchup count.

The study shows the generation gap is growing as British parents continue to have concerns about their children’s relationship with food: two-thirds of parents believe children eat much more convenience food than they did at their age and an overwhelming eighty per cent say their children are less healthy than they were as children.

Culmore Primary School is just one of many schools to benefit from the Farm to Fork initiative.

Specially trained staff in more than 787 Tesco stores across the UK teach schoolchildren about food and where it comes from through fun and free Farm to Fork Trails that take place in Tesco stores.

Food suppliers across the country also open their farms and factories to teach children the basics about food, including how milk is produced, where eggs come from and how lettuce grows.

Tesco stores and suppliers are opening their doors to primary schools and children’s organisations in the UK and giving them the chance to take part in Farm to Fork trails.

Schools and leaders can search for their nearest store and supplier and register their interest in taking part in the project now at tesco.com/eathappyproject