This section draws heavily on the whole school approach to nutrition
developed by the Health Education Trust and outlined in "The
Chips are Down. A guide to food policy in schools".
the commitment of the head
It is essential that the head teacher is fully committed to Grab
5!. If they are not the project will never reach its full potential.
Significant changes, such as adopting a whole school food policy
and improving the lunchtime provision, will not be possible without
their support. Before seeking the head's commitment find out what
participation in Grab 5! will involve and what some of the outcomes
might be. Find out if there is someone in your area working with
schools on Grab 5! / fruit and vegetable promotion and, if there
is, ask them to come in to school to talk to the head.
a school Grab 5! coordinator
To ensure the smooth running of the project it is useful to have
a designated coordinator. This person will not have to do all the
work but they will have the role of ensuring that things happen
in a planned and coherent way, that everyone knows what is going
on and that there is a key point of contact for staff, children,
parents and outside organisations.