The Healthy Zones programme aims to improve children’s health by tackling childhood obesity, in partnership with Impact on Urban Health.
Over five years, we'll be working across 80 primary and secondary schools in Lambeth and Southwark, located in areas of high childhood obesity. The aim of the project is to create sustained changes to school food environments so that healthy food is prioritised throughout the school day.
Research conducted by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the local authorities has shown that many schools are not reaching the School Food Standards, which are designed to ensure children are provided with nutritious food throughout the entire school day.
Healthy Zones focuses on providing a menu of support to schools for the development and implementation of school food policies that put children’s health first. The programme also works to improve the food provided at breakfast and after school clubs. We offer training to school staff running the clubs to give them the skills and confidence to offer healthy alternatives, developed considering the resources and budgets of the school.
We will be monitoring and evaluating the impact of Healthy Zones on children’s health by looking at the food changes made and sustained over the programme. We’ll also be speaking to a range of staff and students in the school, as well as other partners.
Henry Fawcett primary students making healthy snacks for the after school club
Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark is one of the first schools to participate in our Healthy Zones project.
Healthy Zones is part of a wider ten year programme delivered by Impact on Urban Health 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.
This is part of our Food education work.
We run fully funded food education programmes for children, young people and teachers to ensure every child understands the impact of the food they eat on their health and the environment, and has the food skills to live a healthy life