Ireland: Seafood helps school gain healthy eating certificate – Fishupdate.com

Ireland: Seafood helps school gain healthy eating certificate Published:  28 April, 2006

BORRISOKANE Community College in Ireland has secured a healthy eating certificate from the HSE Western Area after implementing a successful healthy eating policy.

The College has also become the first school in Ireland to participate in Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s, “Fish at the Heart of a Healthy Diet”, seafood and health information and education drive for young people.

“Fish is good for you”, was the key message given to students when BIM consultant dietitian, Sarah Keogh, visited the school to run a series of information sessions on the importance of eating seafood as part of a healthy balanced diet. Students also received a series of life-stage focused seafood and health brochures from BIM which is being developed as part of its national seafood and health information campaign.

Speaking on behalf of Borrisokane Community College, principal, Matthew Carr said:

“We are delighted to have received this recognition both from the HSE and from BIM. I would like to thank the staff, the students and their parents for making our healthy eating policy such a success. The implementation of our policy has been of direct benefit to us all here in the school where we now eat more nutritionally balanced hot meals, drink healthier drinks such as free mineral water from our canteen and we have also increased our intake of vegetables, lean meat, dairy products and plain starchy foods. We now look forward to making fish a new and necessary part in the roll-out of our healthy eating policy.”

As part of its seafood education promotion with the College, BIM sponsored a seafood lunch, an art competition and a quiz-based competition for students to test their knowledge of the seafood education materials BIM distributed in the school.

For further information on BIM’s seafood and health initiative visit the BIM website www.bim.ie/wellbeing which contains information on the nutritional aspects of seafood, tips and hints for buying, preparing and cooking fish and recipes to tempt all.

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