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British Food Fortnight: Dorset pupil designs healthy new food to win national competition
Winner: Grace Upshall

A Dorset pupil has been awarded first prize in a national competition after designing a healthy new food for children.

Grace Upshall, 9, from Buckholme Towers School in Poole is the winner of the ‘Design a Healthy New Food’ competition, organised by Discovery Education and Switzerland’s Alimentarium Foundation. Open to primary schools across the UK, the competition asked pupils to design a nutritious food, meal or snack, and create a fun advert to promote it.

Grace was presented with her prize today at the start of British Food Fortnight. The year 5 pupil impressed judges with her design for Brilliant Breakfast, a blissful bar packed with granola, fruit and honey and drizzled with yoghurt and coconut. Featuring colourful packaging to appeal to young eaters, Grace also cooked up an eye-catching advert with the slogan: “Eat, Sleep, Be Healthy, Repeat.” The judges were impressed with Grace’s creativity and nutritional research.

As part of her prize, Grace and her school received a special visit from TV’s Lunchbox Doctor Jenny Tschiesche today, 24th September. Jenny led an interactive ‘Healthy Eating’ assembly with lots of fun activities including a session on food advertising and understanding nutrients. Discovery Education’s Partnership Director, Spyros Charalambous presented Grace with a goody bag and a framed copy of her Brilliant Breakfast advert.

Grace’s advert has also just gone on display at the Alimentarium Museum in Switzerland - the world’s first food museum and an international public learning centre for nutrition. Ruth Darvill, Head of Buckholme Towers School was delighted that one of her pupils had been selected as the winner:

Our school encourages all the children to ‘find their niche’ and Grace has certainly found hers with her winning design. Encouraging healthy lifestyles is so important and hence forms part of our PSHE curriculum throughout the school as we want all our children to grow into healthy, confident, curious, considerate individuals.

Grace’s teacher, Clare Gawler said:

"Our pupils really enjoyed taking part in the competition, and learned a great deal about nutrition. The prize giving assembly today was a real treat for all of the children and made them think about healthy eating in a fun and exciting way."

Lunchbox Doctor Jenny Tschiesche said:

I loved having the opportunity to work with the children at Buckholme Towers. Having an understanding of food and nutrition, how to make healthier choices and what constitutes a healthy meal is possibly one of the most important skills children of today need as they move into adulthood.

Christine Major, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education said:

It’s never been more important to educate children about nutrition, and to help them make healthy choices. We were really impressed with the calibre of competition entries and especially the creativity of Grace’s winning entry. We hope that our partnership with the Alimentarium Food Museum will ignite children’s interest in the science of eating and bring nutrition to life in a fun and accessible way.

The competition was launched as part of a 3-year partnership between Discovery Education and Switzerland’s Alimentarium Foundation, delivering nutrition resources to primary schools across the country via Discovery Education Espresso’s award-winning digital learning service. Exciting new content launching this month will help children to learn about food sustainability and the environment. From farm to fork, pupils will explore how the food they consume is reared, grown or caught – both today and throughout history.

With an emphasis on food sustainability, they’ll explore seasonality and learn how food is transported and preserved, while considering the economic and ecological impact of food choices. They’ll also have fun investigating the science and history behind some common methods for cooking and preserving food.

The new digital resources include interactive videos, activities and games, helping primary school teachers to meet National Curriculum requirements. In addition to last year’s module on ‘Eating, moving, and growing’ it’s hoped these resources can be used to help children grow in confidence to make choices that benefit their own health as well as that of the planet.

To find out more about Discovery Education visit discoveryeducation.co.uk. Schools interested in a free trial of the Discovery Education Espresso service can request one here.

About Alimentarium

The Alimentarium Foundation founded by Nestlé in 1980 has been running a food museum for over 30 years. In 2013, it radically changed strategy by deciding to invest mainly in a digital outreach program anchored in the physical museum a transmedia approach to content creation and dissemination.

With this approach, the Alimentarium Foundation aims to become a worldwide reference on food and nutrition, combining a digitally and physically interconnected learning platform to share its expertise with the general public and professionals. The Alimentarium today is an international public learning centre composed of two interconnected spaces, alimentarium.org and Alimentarium, the Museum.

The portal alimentarium.org contains a section dedicated to the pedagogical program Alimentarium Academy. All is available worldwide for free and published in French, German and English. Academy, our online learning ecosystem targets (school) children, teachers and parents in particular whereas the other digital outputs cater for amateurs and offer insights for specialists.

For more information visit alimentarium.org and alimentarium.academy

About Discovery Education

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement.

Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.co.uk.