July 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

This week healthy food conscious, Gemma Baker, received a fast food grill as the main prize for answering the most correct answers during a healthy food free prize draw. Gemma, a student from the National Diploma in Animal Care, took part in the prize draw during a healthy eating day held at the College in May.

Six groups from Further Education courses took part in a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of healthy eating. The day was in partnership with Chelmsford Borough Council and the NHS Healthy Living Team to provide young adults with the skills and knowledge to make healthy food choices and to prepare food safely and simply on a budget without using an oven.

The day was a practical and interactive event with cooking demonstrations and taste testing. During sessions students where shown how to prepare a variety of simple dishes - all made with tasty, healthy, and cheap to buy ingredients. All students were able to taste the dishes cooked.

Another session entitled ‘Weight matters’ encouraged students to consider the meaning of healthy living. Each student was asked prior to the event to fill out a food diary, which on the day was used by a member of the Healthy Living Team to show the different food groups, guiding the students towards a balanced diet.

The prize draw quizzed students on the things they had learned during the day. 120 students in total took part in the event.

Pictured – Laura Sales Lecturer in Animal Care, Daisy Baxendale from the College’s Learner Services, Gemma Baker