Food Dudes celebrate school participation in Athenry

Pictured are Claire Hamrock Food Dudes Project Manager with Food Dudes School 2024 winners: Emer O'Doherty, Kiltiernan NS, Marc Goldrick, Coolarne NS, Margaret Keane, Newcastle NS, Amy NÌ Laoi, Gaelscoil Dara  and Maria McHale Food Dudes Project Manager. Front row:  Niamh Kelly, Corrandrum NS, Dympna Reddington, Clydagh NS, Natasha Lydon, Carnaun NS, Noelle Gannon, Castlehackett NS and Rachael Mannion, Merlin Woods NS.

Pictured are Claire Hamrock Food Dudes Project Manager with Food Dudes School 2024 winners: Emer O'Doherty, Kiltiernan NS, Marc Goldrick, Coolarne NS, Margaret Keane, Newcastle NS, Amy NÌ Laoi, Gaelscoil Dara and Maria McHale Food Dudes Project Manager. Front row: Niamh Kelly, Corrandrum NS, Dympna Reddington, Clydagh NS, Natasha Lydon, Carnaun NS, Noelle Gannon, Castlehackett NS and Rachael Mannion, Merlin Woods NS.

Primary school teachers from County Galway recently joined teaching colleagues from across the region for a Food Dudes Presentation Day at The Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry. The event was held to celebrate the achievements of schools that have completed their four-year participation in the award-winning Food Dudes Programme.

The four-year curriculum-linked programme includes a year of intervention, followed by three in-school Food Dudes Weeks, aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among primary schoolchildren. The healthy eating programme encourages children to eat more fresh produce and is based on repeated tastings of fresh fruit and vegetables, rewards and positive role models.

The Food Dudes Presentation Days provide teachers with an opportunity to network and feel part of a community of change. Ideas about ways in which the Food Dudes programme can be integrated into the curriculum and daily routines are shared, and peer to peer support is encouraged.

A new and improved Food Dudes programme is currently being rolled out in schools. It includes new varieties of fruits and vegetables, additional tasting days, new eco-friendly rewards, as well as new teaching and learning materials which include videos, recipes and a range of bilingual activities.

There are currently more than 1,600 primary schools engaged in the four-year Food Dudes programme. It creates a movement of life-long change embedding healthy eating within the school and wider community in a way that promotes healthy eating habits among children, helps to reduce obesity rates, and improve overall wellbeing. Over the lifetime of Food Dudes, more than 3,300 primary schools and one million pupils have taken part.

The Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme is managed by Bord Bia in Ireland and is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with support from the European Union under the School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme. The programme was first developed by the Food Activity Research Unit, School of Psychology at Bangor University, Wales.

More information about the Food Dudes Programme can be found at www.fooddudes.ie

 

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