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FoodSteps is a free school nutrition education programme for Singapore kids aged 7 – 12 funded through Halo Health Asia’s annual conference World Food Future for women (WFF). For FY 2019-2020, the FoodSteps programme will be co-funded by the Health Promotion Board (HPB).

The FoodSteps programme aims to augment the Ministry of Education (MOE) national nutrition education pedagogy already taught in Singapore primary schools, by focusing on fun and interactive workshops with an Asian lens, further strengthened by out-of-school based learning eg. supermarket visits or urban farm visit.

 

FoodSteps also aims to connect the dots between food nutrition and food sustainability, in addition to zero food waste.

 

The FoodSteps programme was developed in-house under the continued guidance of our FoodSteps advisors. To maintain the integrity of our programme, we draw upon the expertise of a number of key partners such as the Health Promotion Board and use a wide array of information sources from around the world.

 

By combining the rigour of expert nutrition advice with the discipline of educational pedagogy, our programme is uniquely Asian, up-to-date and fact-based tying in important elements in the circular food economy.

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KEY ISSUES

The FoodSteps programme hopes to:

1) Tackle the rising levels of children who are overweight or obese;

2) Reinforce food education in schools;

3) Promote positive messages about healthy food choices.

4) Show healthy food choices can be affordable.

KEY OBJECTIVES

To help kids recognise that food is a basic requirement of life with its intake having years-long implications and impact;

To equip facilitators with current food knowledge and happenings in the fast-moving food world;

To encourage an appreciation and awareness of the social, economic and cultural aspects of food

To bring awareness to the connectedness of the food world.

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The programme will help teach Singapore kids the rudiments of making healthy food choices in a fun and interactive format, reinforcing learnings and bringing new perspectives to kids’ relationships to food.

FOOTSTEPS PROGRAMME

FoodSteps is a modular educational format consisting of 3 main modules broken up into 2 sections each. Each module is estimated to be completed in 60 minutes for a class size of 35-40 with ideally 2-3 volunteers facilitating.

 

The programme is developed such that it can either be run as individual modules (the school chooses to run it one off for just for one level) or as a tiered programme across different ages (run at different levels for the same students every year to keep the engagement and learning sustained). As it progresses, the activities get more complex and the final tier (for the oldest students) involves a field trip.

 

The breakdown of modules is as follows –

 

1A/1B: Breakfast – understanding historical and cultural choices of foods, charting a balanced meal, focus on Singapore and the ideal meal to kickstart the day. / Basic understanding of how much food waste in a meal.

 

2A/2B: Lunch and healthy plate, sugar/low GI, snacks & liquids (water) / Proper disposal of food waste.

 

3A/3B: Dinner: Visiting a supermarket, understanding food labels and how to prepare an affordable healthy meal. / How supermarkets dispose of food waste.

 

Each module segment can be tied into the main subject in the teaching syllabus eg. social studies (geography and history), science or math. Thus, it could be an extension of a subject class as an application/applied tool for further subject understanding.

 

If you would like to bring this programme to your school, please reach out to [email protected].

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