Mental Health First Aid in schools.

  Yesterday, after two intensive days of training I qualified as a youth mental health first aider. I am very proud to have completed the course and I would highly recommend it to others who are concerned about young people’s mental health. When I completed my M.Sc. in public health promotion in 2006 I regularly… Continue reading Mental Health First Aid in schools.

Food Education is taught through the subject of Home Economics in Malta.

Wow, I have had a wonderful week in Malta finding out more about its history, culture, and people and in through ‘teacher geek’ style about how children learn about food, nutrition and healthy living there.   Prior to my visit, I tried rather unsuccessfully to use the internet to uncover a basic summary of food… Continue reading Food Education is taught through the subject of Home Economics in Malta.

Sugar rush, sugar tax and food education

In order to reduce the health conditions associated with the over consumption of sugar such as obesity, diabetes and dental caries it has been suggested that a sugar tax is introduced in the UK. Jamie Oliver released an interesting documentary highlighting the health concerns associated with consumption of sugar aptly named “Sugar Rush”. Action for… Continue reading Sugar rush, sugar tax and food education

Malnutrition in schools – a problem far too great to ignore!

As I flicked through various Twitter feeds which highlighted that food banks in Britain are expecting a greater demand during school holidays it struck me just how worrying malnutrition is in this country. Most people think of malnutrition as bad nutrition and in its most life threatening form it is often associated with images of… Continue reading Malnutrition in schools – a problem far too great to ignore!

How skills competitions can enhance the curriculum?

In education it is important to remember that many pupils learn very effectively by doing and it is important to celebrate this as well as academic excellence. Competitions in skills based activities can be used effectively to drive up standards and encourage excellence. Competitions can also use formative and summative assessment when pupils are made… Continue reading How skills competitions can enhance the curriculum?

Food Education should be a government priority

We live in a society that is plagued by ill health both physical and mental. Food teachers can make a tremendous impact on the way pupils prepare and eat food to maintain good health. Food teachers, in a way are health promoters who can play a proactive role in educating nutritionists,┬ádietitians, teachers, doctors of the… Continue reading Food Education should be a government priority