Tackling obesity in primary schools with PhunkyFoods
In the UK, as part of our Healthy Kids programme, we have been working with the primary school initiative, PhunkyFoods, since 2012 to provide classroom resources, lesson plans and teacher training. The programme is designed to help school staff, with the support of local PhunkyFoods community workers, to raise awareness, improve knowledge and change behaviour around healthier lifestyles through a range of practical and engaging activities. By 2015, the programme reached more than 86,000 children in 316 primary schools.
In 2015, we also began to develop the PhunkyFoods Ambassador Scheme. This involves training Year 5 and 6 pupils in peer mentoring, so they can inspire and support other children to eat healthily and to become more physically active.
In both 2013 and 2015, PhunkyFoods received an award from the Royal Society for Public Health for its ‘trailblazing and dynamic campaign against rising levels of obesity in children’.
Also in 2015, Leeds Beckett University completed its evaluation study of the PhunkyFoods programme. The study found that PhunkyFoods was delivering effectively for children, with teachers responding positively to the programme.