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Our community champions help children form healthy eating habits from a young age

By Asda Community Team

January 25, 2019 00:21pm
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Our team of community champions are familiar faces at many of the primary schools and pre-school nurseries near our stores – and this January they’ve been helping teachers promote the importance of healthy food.

Sharon Gregory-Wareing from Asda Southport held a healthy eating class at St Philip's Primary School

Sharon Gregory-Wareing from our Southport store is one of our community champions who visits local primary schools most weeks. She called in at St Philip's Primary School, giving reception class children a variety of different fruits to try, making fruit kebabs and giving the children breakfast bars to try in their packed lunches instead of chocolate bars.

Sharon said: "The children have been learning about how to have a healthier lunchbox, so I took in some different fruit. The children are only four or five, so some of them were trying things like melon for the first time.

Sharon Gregory-Wareing from Asda Southport held a healthy eating class at St Philip's Primary School

"It's great to see the way they reacted because at that age we can make a difference and establish a healthy habit. Sometimes when you try this when children are older they may have already got into their habits and made up their minds about what they like, so if we can inspire the children when they're young it can make quite a difference."

And here's Sharon visiting Birkdale Primary School to make fruit kebabs and talk about the different vegetables she took into school:

Sharon Gregory-Wareing visiting Birkdale Primary School

Clare Jones, the community champion at our store in Newport on the Isle of Wight, made fruit kebabs with reception class pupils at Barton Primary School:

Clare Jones from our Newport Isle of Wight store teaching pupils at Barton Primary School about healthy eating

Clare said: "I had a great time. We talked about healthy eating and then went on and made yummy fruit kebabs. The children loved eating them, which was lovely to see. It was a great success with loads of children trying new fruits."

Elaine Livingtone from our Portadown store took some fruit and weaning foods on a visit to Bossom Sure Start's baby clinic:

Elaine Livingstone from Asda Portadown visited Blossom Sure Start's baby clinic

She said: "They were talking about holding foods, teething and weaning from six months, so our Asda Little Angels went down a treat. I also took fresh shquishy soft fruit like melons, pears and avocado which were a hit."

Some of our community champions visited their local schools in the run-up to Christmas. Here's our Bideford store's community champion Peter Wilcox in his Asda Man cape to present a healthy eating session to pupils at St Mary's School:

Peter Wilcox from Asda Bideford presented a healthy eating session to pupils at St Mary's School

Our Bolton store's community champion Christine Baldwin got a big thumbs-up when she ran a healthy eating workshop workshop to the reception class at St Matthew's Primary School:

Christine Baldwin from Asda Bolton showing pupils at St Matthew's Primary School about healthy eating

And our Bromborough store's community champion Helen-Louise Sestan-Burton teamed up with Ian Grant from the nearby Arrowe Park store to deliver a fun healthy eating session to children at Grove Street Primary School:

Helen-Louise Sestan-Burton from Asda Bromborough delivers a healthy eating class at Grove Street Primary School

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