Healthy Zones

Healthy Zones is a brand new programme in partnership with Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity looking at childhood obesity.

Focusing on the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, where obesity rates are among the highest in the country, Healthy Zones will specifically target the Faraday ward of Southwark over a two year period.  We will be working closely with three schools - two primary schools and one secondary school - to help them to develop a good food culture and become Healthy Zones.

Beginning with a fact-finding visit to the school, we will be working with heads, teachers, caterers, children and their families to help us understand how the school’s delivery, and the children’s experience, of food at school affects their eating habits. We will  visit the school dining room to deepen our understanding of a child's experience of school meals and to conduct in-depth group sessions with children at each school.

And we’ll be joined by expert gardeners and food teachers who will lead teachers through tailored gardening and cooking sessions to help increase their skills and confidence.

We’ll also be taking our Young Marketeers programme to Faraday.  Children will learn how to grow veg from seed and how to cook with their home-grown produce, and to further extend the food culture of the school, we’ll be inviting parents to join their children for some cooking session.  The Young Marketeers programme will culminate in July with a Market Day at East Street Market where children from our three schools will celebrate their hard work, share stories with their local community and raise some money for their schools’ food education programmes by selling their fresh veg.

Healthy Zones is part of a wider five year programme delivered by Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity and its partners taking a whole system, cross sector approach that focuses on creating environments that support and encourage healthy eating and everyday activity in places where children of all ages spend their time; home, school, high streets and green spaces. 

As part of the Faraday Neighbourhood programme, Alexandra Rose Charity has recently launched its Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg scheme at East Street Market for families with young children on a low income to help them get a healthy start in life.

Blog piece - Creating a good food culture at school