My class was filing out of the room for break, after our healthy eating lesson. Two girls were talking quietly. "And then he said that he ate cheese strings for his lunch." "For his whole lunch?" "Yes, eight of them... Isn't that an entire packet?" "Aren't there twelve in a packet?" "Maybe, but, can you believe it? Eight cheese strings for lunch!" I had asked the class to talk to their partners about all the things they had eaten in the last 48 hours. What a revelation! And they didn't even know that some of what they eat regularly was considered unhealthy.
Then we started to talk about what made up a healthy, balanced diet. I showed some slides based on the Food Standards Agency's eatwell plate. There was obviously a bit of confusion, though, since when I asked them to draw their own plate with a healthy, delicious meal on it, I saw one boy draw chips, mash, and chicken nuggets.
We finished with a game in which students had to make a character throw up. What is it about teenage boys and puke? They love it!
Sadly this is the only healthy eating lesson scheduled for this year's PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) lessons, I think. Let's hope a few messages made it across.