The winners of a competition for pupils held to mark Healthy Eating Week have ridden off with new bikes.

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Ellah-Rose Hobbs, 5, from Wilkinson Primary School, Magdalena Sikorska, 7, from St Mary's Catholic Primary Academy, Daniel Thomas, 8, from St Patrick's Catholic Primary School and Elsie-Grace Payton, 10, from St Anthony's Catholic Primary were the lucky winners of a fruit and vegetable themed wordsearch.

Each was presented with a new bike and helmet by the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu, today (Wednesday 12 July, 2017). The prizes were donated by Crown Foods, Arthur Brett Ltd, Blakemore Food Service and the City of Wolverhampton Council's Catering Service.

The competition formed part of a series of activities in many local primary, infant and junior schools arranged by the Catering Service to mark the British Nutrition Foundation's Healthy Eating Week from 12 to 16 June.

The team laid on a special menu throughout the week, with pupils encouraged to "eat a rainbow" by trying different coloured fruit and vegetables every day.

Mayor Councillor Mattu said: "It's vitally important that children get into the habit of eating well while they are young, and I am delighted that many of our schools got involved in Healthy Eating Week.

"In particular, the challenge to eat a rainbow will have enabled many pupils to expand their diet and additional types of food that may not ordinarily be served up at home or school.

"I would like to say a big congratulations to the winners of the competition and hope they enjoy their new wheels."

The Catering Service prepares tens of thousands of hot lunches for children and young people in Wolverhampton every week.

All infant-aged pupils in Wolverhampton - those in Reception and Year 1 and Year 2 - are currently eligible for a free lunch through the Government's Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme. Many children and young people in Years 3 and above - and nursery aged children receiving full time education - also receive free school meals if their families meet eligibility requirements.

To check out the primary and secondary school menus, which are offered at the majority of the city's schools and academies, on a 3 week rotating basis, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=2945;Title=School menus;. For more information on free school meals, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=2558;Title=Free school meals;.

Healthy Eating Week is organised by the British Nutrition Foundation, and aims to promote healthy eating and drinking, being active, food provenance and cooking in school. For more details, please visit Type=links;Linkid=7264;Title=Food - a fact of life;Target=_blank;.  

  • released: Wednesday 12 July, 2017