Caroline Walker Trust
The Caroline Walker Trust is dedicated to the improvement of public health through good food. A major part of its work is to produce expert reports establishing nutritional guidelines for vulnerable groups - including children and older people. The new school food standards were drawn up with expert input from the Caroline Walker Trust.
The Fairtrade Foundation licenses the Fairtrade mark to appear on products that meet internationally agreed fair trade standards. The Foundation works to introduce new Fairtrade products and to update the standards for existing products to ensure that benefits to producers are maximised. It also helps to raise awareness of Fairtrade products through promotional materials, events and work with schools.
Food for Life
The Food for Life programme is the Soil Association's award winning programme to transform school meals and food culture in schools. It helps schools think about their food culture and create school meals which are both tasty, nutritious local and organic. Food for Life is based around the whole school approach - which encourages children, parents, catering staff, governors, headteachers and producers to all fully engage in changes to school food provision.
Food in Schools
The Food in Schools programme is a joint venture between the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills. It runs a range of nutrition-related activities and projects to complement existing healthier food initiatives in schools.
The Grab 5! project was run by Sustain to help primary schools tackle the main obstacles to increased consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables by young children; namely the acceptability, accessibility and affordability of fruit and vegetables. Although the Grab 5! project is no longer in operation, all of the educational materials can be downloaded free of charge.
Health Education Trust
The Health Education Trust initiates and supports work with young people (children and teenagers, young adults, students, pupils) to encourage the growth of healthy lifestyles.
The Health Education Trust is currently running a project on Healthy Vending in schools: http://www.healthedtrust.com/pages/Vendingnews1.html
The Health Education Trust also promotes School Nutrition Action Groups (SNAG) – school-based alliances in which staff, pupils and caterers, supported by health and education professionals work together to review and expand the range of food and drink in order to increase the uptake of a healthier diet and ensure consistent messages from the curriculum and the food service.
School Food Trust
The School Food Trust was established by the Department for Education and Skills in September 2005. Its remit is to transform school food and food skills, promote the education and health of children and young people and improve the quality of food in schools.
Wired for Health
Wired for Health is a series of websites developed by the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills. It provides health information related to the National Curriculum and the National Healthy Schools Programme.
Young Co-operatives is a practical introduction to fair trade and co-operative working for young people, usually aged 13 to 17 years old. It gives young people the chance to work in their own co-operative, to acquire valuable business skills and to make a real difference to the lives of producers in developing countries and their families.
Healthy Schools & Fair Trade: Sustain was contracted by Young Co-operatives to assess the implications of the new school food standards for fair-trade food and drink products sold in schools. This work was supported by a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
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