Mike launched a new healthy vending machine at Ilford Ursuline High School today as part of a campaign by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to encourage pupils to eat healthier snacks and meals during the school day.
As part of its Food4Thought campaign, the BHF is working with 30 schools across the UK to pilot healthy vending machines and Swindon Academy is one of the selected schools.
We all know the importance of eating healthily and keeping fit. However, it can be too easy and too tempting to snack on the wrong sort of food, so I think installing healthy vending machine in schools is a fantastic idea as it makes the right food choices more accessible and more appealing.
Pupils in the 30 selected schools will play a key role in deciding how the vending machines are run, with one school winning a prize at the end of the school year. If successful, the BHF hopes other schools will use their model to set up their own healthy vending machines in the future.
Victoria Taylor, Senior Dietitian at the BHF said:
Our recent survey found that nearly one in three (27%) secondary school kids in the South East indulge in sweets, chocolate and crisps more than three times a day. Everyone likes a treat once in a while, but we need to have a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise to be able to enjoy treats without ruining our hearts and our health. We hope the healthy vending machines will encourage kids to make the right food choices and improve their health now and in the future.
The BHF has a range of information available for parents to help children lead a healthier lifestyle. Visit bhf.org.uk/junkfood for more information.