Clerihan pupils on their healthy food safari.
There was great excitement among the aisles of SuperValu Clonmel as the young explorers from Clerihan National School went on a safari with a tasty twist.
The SuperValu Nutri-Safari is part of the Super Troopers with Laya Healthcare programme, Ireland's first ever health homework programme, and aims to teach children about nutrition and the importance of healthy eating in a fun and interactive way.
As the Official Healthy Eating Partner of the Super Troopers with Laya Healthcare programme, Tipperary SuperValu stores are opening their doors to local schools enabling primary school children to take a trip around the supermarket in an entirely different way – picking up tips on nutrition, wellbeing and fun recipe ideas, while getting to tantalise their tastebuds with some healthy bites. With their expert guide, Nutritionist Anne Griffen, Clerihan National School students visited different stations throughout their local store inspired by the food pyramid; Fruit and Veg, Dairy, Bakery, Butchery and Fish. At each appetising stop, students were given plenty of food for thought from their Nutri-Safari Guides Butcher Liam Burke, Bakery Manager Alan Burke, and the Deli Manager Deirdre Wall.
Learning about healthy food in the supermarket
At each stop on this adventure students were given the opportunity to examine, experiment and taste a wide range of food and drinks, which some students may not have been exposed to previously such as Goat’s cheese or nut milks.
In this stimulating environment children learned the benefits of eating and drinking different food types for example cheese as a source of protein for growth and repair in the body, or the importance of fish as a source of Omega3.
Supervalu Clonmel Store Manager Debbie Martin commented - “The SuperValu Nutri-Safari in-store was a roaring success! We are thrilled to be the Official Healthy Eating Partner of the Super Troopers with Laya Healthcare programme, as it gives us the opportunity to highlight the importance of nutrition in a fun and interactive way.
“Children are becoming interested in cooking and food at a much younger age today, so it is important that they know some of the basics of how food can fuel their body.
Healthy and tasty snacks for the pupils.
“My team and I were amazed by some of the questions and knowledge that the students of Clerihan National School had, and we loved to see them pushing themselves outside of their comfort zones trying new and unusual foods.” added Debbie.
All students who took part in the Nutri-Safari received a jam-packed goodie bag to take home and continue their food journey. These goodie bags included recipe cards, nutritional information leaflets, healthy snacks and fruit.