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Half-term Focus

Well-being is important for children, families and staff at St Joseph's and we focus on different aspects of well-being each half-term.  Please find below details of this half-term's focus, or click on the icons to find out about previous areas of well-being we have looked at.

Summer 2 Well-being focus: Healthy Eating


This half-term’s well-being focus is Healthy eating, starting on the British Nutrition Foundation's Health Eating Week.

The 5 challenges are:

Have Breakfast - week beginning 11th June 2018

Have 5 a day

Drink Plenty

Get Active

Make A Change


We will be focussing on a challenge per week.


All the following information can be found on the Healthy eating website:


The Challenge

Have a healthy breakfast every day – go for wholegrain or higher fibre foods, include a drink and at least one of your 5 A DAY!


The Super Challenge

Have a different healthy breakfast every day for a week!


Breakfast is recommended as part of a healthy diet and helps to get the day off to a good start. A healthy breakfast should provide around 20% of daily energy requirements and some of the nutrients the body needs for good

health, such as starchy carbohydrate, fibre, B vitamins, iron and calcium. Some studies suggest that having a healthy breakfast can help to improve cognitive function and academic performance.


Higher-fibre, wholegrain varieties of starchy foods

For example, wholegrain, low sugar breakfast cereals, porridge and wholemeal toast. These starchy carbohydrates provide energy as well as fibre, which helps keep the digestive system healthy. Some breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals, such as riboflavin, iron, thiamin, folic acid and vitamin D. Encourage pupils to choose breakfast cereals that are lower in salt and sugars – older pupils can do this by looking at the nutrition label on the packaging.


Fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced fruit and vegetables all count towards 5 A DAY. Examples include sliced banana as a topping for breakfast cereal, mashed avocado on wholemeal toast or dried fruit sprinkled over porridge. Fruit juice and/or smoothies count towards one portion of 5 A DAY, but should be limited to a combined total of 150ml per day. Fruit and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals and some fibre.

A drink

For example: water, lower fat milk or 150ml unsweetened fruit juice/smoothie. If pupils are starting to drink tea or coffee, it is best that these are  decaffeinated varieties and are served with lower fat milks and no added sugars.

Including a drink with breakfast helps the body start the day hydrated.


Dairy foods such as milk, yogurt or cheese, or alternatives can be used at breakfast time. Dairy alternatives, such as soya drinks, should be unsweetened and calcium fortified. These foods provide calcium, which is needed to help develop and maintain healthy bones and teeth.


A source of protein such as eggs or beans could also be included with breakfast.



Other resources to help you and your family :

Healthy eating and drinking

Change4Life Food Scanner - an App showing the sugar, saturated fat and salt content of everyday foods.

Change4life Smart Recipes - healthy recipe ideas.

NHS Calorie Checker - check the calories of over 150,000 food and drinks.

NHS Healthy Breakfasts - healthy breakfast ideas.

One You ‘Do You Like a Drink?’ - tips on how to drink less alcohol.

The Eatwell Guide Booklet - explains the Eatwell Guide and how to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.

Physical activity

Cyclescheme - employee benefit scheme to help cover the cost of cycling to work.

Doing Sport Differently - a guide to exercise and fitness for people living with a disability or health conditions.

NHS Couch to 5K - a running plan for beginners.

Walk4Life - supported by Walk England to encourage people to walk more.


Business in the Community Toolkits - focused on healthy eating, physical activity, sleep recovery and mental wellbeing in the workplace.

MIND Mentally Healthy Workplaces - guide to help workplaces support mental wellbeing of employees.

NHS Apps Library - digital tools to help manage and improve health.

NHS Healthy Weight Calculator - an online Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator.

NHS Smokefree - online support and resources to help quit smoking for good.

NHS Weight Loss Guide - advice on healthy eating and physical activity.

One You ‘How Are You?’ - an online quiz from Public Health England generating personalised health advice based on your lifestyle.

Health organisations

British Heart Foundation - provides information about heart health and ideas for health-focused workplace activities.

Diabetes UK - provides information about care and prevention of diabetes.

Drinkaware - provides information to help make better choices about alcohol.

MIND - mental health awareness charity providing information and support.

World Cancer Research Fund - provides information on healthy lifestyles in relation to cancer risk and prevention.

BNF Healthy Eating Week supporters

Waitrose, KP Snacks, Garfield Western Foundation, AHDB (Love Pork, Love Potatoes, Whole Grain Goodness, Shake Up Your Wake Up, Beef and Lamb)