Government launches healthy snacking resources for primary schools

Public Health England and Change4Life have today launched healthy snacking resources for primary schools.

The material has been released for KS1 and KS2 pupils as part of the government’s campaign to encourage children to have no more than two snacks a day, and that don’t exceed 200 calories.

Accessible online, the new resources include a toolkit for school councils to encourage their peers to choose healthier snacks, as well as a curriculum-linked game show presentation that can be delivered in the classroom or as part of an assembly.

The resources also highlight the health implications of unhealthy snacking and explore ways of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and good dental health.

“The true extent of children’s snacking is greater than the odd biscuit or chocolate bar. Schools and parents face a huge challenge in changing children’s snacking habits and we want to make it easier for them,” said Dr Alison Tedstone, the chief nutritionist at Public Health England. “With children currently having unhealthy snacks throughout the day, two snacks max is a good rule of thumb to help reduce their sugar intake.”

To access the resources, click here.