BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE TEAM/ORGANISATION/PROGRAMME

The Healthy Schools Cardiff Network is a local award scheme managed by the Cardiff Education Service and supported by key partners including the Cardiff and Vale Local Public Health Team.

The scheme has been running since 1999 and is accredited by the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes. Funding for all the Healthy School schemes across Wales is provided by Public Health Wales​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

The Cardiff Healthy Schools Team works with maintained schools in the local authority, including nursery, primary, secondary schools and special schools, along with the pupil referral unit and some independent schools.

The main aim of the scheme is to support schools to develop and embed a whole school approach to health and wellbeing, across 7 health topics. Schools can access a range of resources, training, programmes and support from the Healthy Schools team and partner agencies.

HOW DOES THE WORK OF THE TEAM/ORGANISATION/PROGRAMME SUPPORT AND ENABLE PEOPLE TO MOVE
MORE AND/OR EAT WELL?

There are 7 health topics within the Healthy Schools scheme that schools work on over the course of six phases. One of these health topics is Food and Fitness.

Through the support, training and resources provided by the Cardiff Healthy Schools team and other partners, schools are able to develop a whole school approach to food and fitness. Some examples of the many initiatives that schools have introduced in partnership with other organisations include:

  • Whole-school food and fitness policy
  • Healthy cooking in the curriculum
  • Healthy eating and Eatwell Guide activities
  • After-school clubs – healthy eating/cookery and physical activity
  • Pupil Voice groups e.g. School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG)
  • Active Travel to school initiatives
  • School Active Travel Plan
  • Active playtimes
  • Fruit and Vegetable Gardening
  • Healthy lunchbox initiatives
  • Healthy snacks/fruit tuck shop/access to free drinking water

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