Senior school visits
Talking to teens, young and older ones can be one of the most rewarding experiences
for a Nutritional Therapist. This is the age when healthy eating advice really counts.
They will have learnt the basics of good nutrition when they were in primary school and
as they become more independent they will be making their own dietary choices - making
parents anxious about what their teens are eating. It is at this age that their sugar and
salt intake goes up and this can have a detrimental effect on their health both from a
blood sugar point of view and damage to their gut microbiome. They may also decide to
go vegetarian or vegan after being influenced by friends or even social media. I find that
teens are very keen to understand the importance of good nutrition, what is considered junk
food and the negative effects. The subject of the microbiome is fascinating and truly important
for a young person to understand the influence it has on their immune system, digestion and
brain chemistry therefore physical wellbeing and mental health.
Early Years School visit and Assembly
A school visit can be a great way to introduce my books and to talk to the children about why choosing healthy options is so important.
I can talk in an assembly, using a powerpoint presentation with lots of lovely graphics to interest the children and get them
interacting - asking questions, sharing ideas and experiences. I can also go into the classrooms and read to the children.
I have created some easy to use activity sheets that involve learning about food or
like Snakes and Ladders, dot to dots and taste challenges.
Certificates are available to congratulate the children for reading the books and taking
part. For the slightly older child I have devised some classwork sheets that can also be used
for homework. These can be available via pdf and are free.
"Sam visited Henry Cavendish school to talk to our younger children about healthy eating habits. Her assembly was delightful with large cut-out characters from her book: 'Connie Carrot' and 'Sammy Spinach' on display, to help engage the children. Assembly was followed by 'story time' in the classes. Fitting in perfectly with the term's 'healthy eating' topic, children were encouraged to think about their eating habits and
the importance of vegetables. Sam provided our classes with certificates to show their families - and a competition to colour in a paper shopping bag, with children winning reusable shopping bags."
Mrs Raistrick, Head of School / Acting Headteacher, Henry Cavendish Streatham
The winning selections of the fantastic shopping bag designs the children created:
A large A0 Food Pyramid poster is available to order,
this make a wonderful graphic image for children to
look at when they are entering the dining hall, or on
the classroom wall.