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FOOD MATTERS – a nutrition award for Hertfordshire schools

Lucy Rochford (Lucy Rochford is Health Promotion Dietitian, Hertfordshire Health Promotion, Welwyn Garden City, UK.)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 December 1999



FOOD MATTERS is an award scheme that aims to encourage healthy eating amongst pupils in Hertfordshire schools. The FOOD MATTERS Award seeks to encourage a whole school approach to healthy eating. To achieve the Award, schools must carry out the following: set up a FOOD MATTERS co‐ordination group; gain the FOOD MATTERS catering certificate by meeting set catering criteria; and identify and achieve targets regarding the promotion of healthy eating in school. Schools participating in FOOD MATTERS have carried out many different projects. These include a pupil‐run healthier tuck shop; a “try it and you might like it” day (to encourage primary school pupils to eat more fruit and vegetables); the introduction of “fruit smoothies”, (to increase pupils’ intake of fruit and high‐calcium foods); a fruit‐sharing scheme; and the installation of new drinking fountains.



Rochford, L. (1999), "FOOD MATTERS – a nutrition award for Hertfordshire schools", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 99 No. 6, pp. 278-280.




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