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for Gloucestershire Schools

In association with the Hucclecote-based PSD team and the Healthy Schools Partnership, I have been providing regular nutritional support to a wide range of schools across Gloucestershire for a number of years.  I am very committed to this work because of the opportunity to introduce students to healthy eating for life.

Over recent years I have noticed the positive impact that the Healthy Schools Programme and T.V. programmes such as Jamie Oliver’s have had upon the interest and knowledge of students.  This can only increase as the food-based standards for school meals are followed by the nutrition-based standards during 2008/9.

I get consistently good feedback from the work that I do in schools (as Hucclecote can also confirm from their surveys), with many schools booking me regularly every year. 

What the students (and the teachers!) seem to appreciate is the opportunity to hear exactly why good nutrition makes such a difference.  I cover this through a mixture of the latest scientific research, straightforward examples of how specific nutrients feed different body systems, highlighting common nutrient gaps in the diet, and the use of case histories showing how diet has changed young people’s behaviour, performance, energy, brain power, confidence and well-being –not to speak of health!

The services I can offer are outlined in the Directory of Gloucestershire Agencies under Blackberry Nutrition (page 8), and include the following:

  • Talks to student groups
  • Staff seminars and workshops (focusing on staff health)
  • Healthy eating briefings for parents

Tailor-made talks for student groups
Whether you want me to focus on food for the brain, boosting energy, the nutritional value of good food or the anti-nutrients and additives in processed and junk food, I can tailor the talk to your objectives, and the age and group size.

Some schools have begun to recognise the value of an expert input for younger students, but  invitations to talk to more senior students are still the most common.  Challenging talks to sixth formers are especially popular.

Click here for a testimonial from Tewkesbury School
Click here for a testimonial from Downfield Sixth Form


Seminars for staff

A number of schools have brought me in to talk to staff about their own health on inset days.  Popular subjects include Eat to Beat Stress and Fatigue, Food for the Brain, and Boost Your Immunity and Live Longer!

“On a scale of 1-5, your workshop did very well (rating of 5)…..everyone would like you to come again.”  Chosen Hill School

“I can highly recommend these sessions by nutritionist Sally Whitman.  It has made a big difference to many of the staff who attended, who are still following Sally’s recommendations…food is taken more seriously as an aid to wellbeing.  The session was most valuable and the results have certainly not been a flash in the pan.  It has had a lasting effect in the school.” 
Christchurch Primary School

Parents
Parents often want to do the right thing, but are confused by the mass of (sometimes conflicting) information available.  For example, Newent Community School recently arranged a parents’ evening on the subject Food for Thought which generated many questions and was very well received.

Click here for a testimonial from Tewkesbury School
Click here for a testimonial from Downfield Sixth Form
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Click here for a testimonial from Tewkesbury School
Click here for a testimonial from Downfield Sixth Form
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Sally Whitman of Blackberry Nutrition experienced nutrition consultant and nutritional therapist with a very busy clinic in Cheltenham, near Gloucester, Gloucestershire