Pupils at Browick Road Primary School in Wymondham fight obesity with new ‘food smart’ app
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Alarming figures have revealed that about a quarter of Norfolk four to five-year-olds are overweight or obese - and the figure rises to 32.1pc for 10 to 11-year-olds.
And now pupils at Wymondham's Browick Road Primary School have been learning how to make healthier food and drink choices using a new Be Food Smart app launched as part of Public Health England's (PHE) Change4Life campaign.
Pupils took part in a special lesson about how much saturated fat, sugar and salt is in their favourite food and drinks and how the Be Food Smart app can be used at home to get the whole family making healthier choices.
Pauline McMullan, headteacher, said: 'At Browick Road Primary School, we have a healthy schools ethos and we're passionate about teaching our pupils about healthy lifestyles from a young age.
'The more they understand now, the better the choices they will be able to make in the future.'
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The app, for use on tablets and smartphones, allows children and parents to scan the barcode of their favourite food and drinks to reveal how much saturated fat, sugar and salt is in them.
The app shows the number of saturated fat 'blobs', sugar cubes and salt sachets in each product and allows them to be compared, helping them make healthier choices.
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Families can also play the 'Food Detectives' game together to uncover how healthy or unhealthy their food and drinks are.
There are also fun 'mini-missions' that help children and parents choose healthier breakfast cereals and show how to swap sugary drinks for smarter choices.
Barbara Paterson, deputy director for health and wellbeing, PHE East said: 'The latest child obesity figures for Norfolk and for the East of England as a whole, show just how important it is for families to know what they are putting on their plates.
'That's why we've developed our Be Food Smart app, to help parents know the content of food and drink and help them choose healthier options for their children.
'It's great to see this kind of event at Browick Road Primary School where kids are getting engaged in fun activities to help them learn more about how they can eat more healthily.
'Hopefully this will equip them with skills and knowledge that will stay with them as they grow up.'