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Manchester Health Academy is first in UK to scoop Children’s Food Trust Award

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Manchester Health Academy has become the first school in the country to receive a new national award forexcellence in children's food and nutrition.

Children's Food Trust Award, a new accreditation scheme to help schools and early years settings show parents their commitment to helping children eat well, is only given to schools and childcare providers who can show how they are championing healthy eating and nutrition for children.

It means that the Academy met tough criteria on their food policy, menus, dining experience, staff training, opportunities to learn how to cook, and how actively staff encourage children to eat healthily.

Helen Walker, Health/Humanities Curriculum leader from the Academy, said: "We make sure that our students are equipped for the future by emphasising the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We work closely with our lead sponsor, the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to embed health across the curriculum. We are delighted to report that the Manchester Health Academy is the first Academy in the country to be awarded the new Children's Food Trust Award."

Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources, Councillor Jeff Smith, said "This is wonderful news for students at the Manchester Health Academy and their parents. We are very proud that the first school in the country to attain the Children's Food Trust Award is from Manchester.

"In partnership with the dedicated staff at the Academy, Manchester Fayre work very hard to ensure that students are provided with healthy, tasty food choices at lunchtimes and this award comes as welcome recognition of our success."

Chief Executive of Children's Food Trust, Linda Cregan, said: "Anyone can say that they provide good food for children, but do they really deliver? Parents so often ask what they should be looking for in the meals that their school provides, and on their approach to helping children learn about food. This award is a way to spot those which really are doing a fantastic job on food, and the reassurance that they have the thumbs-up from our experts. Manchester Health Academy sets a great example - congratulations to the whole team."

Rob Rees MBE, professional chef and Chair of the Children's Food Trust, said: "When parents are choosing a school or nursery, we always want to know what the foods like. We want to know our kids will be getting great food and that they'll be encouraged to eat well.

"This award gives parents that peace of mind. It's a clear sign that children are getting a great foundation for a healthy start and the Manchester Health Academy sets a great example. Congratulations to the whole team, we're delighted to welcome you on board as one of our first award winners in Manchester".

The award is open to any school or childcare provider. For more information visit: www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk/award