Uddingston schools get healthy cooking

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PUPILS from St John the Baptist and Muiredge Primaries in Uddingston took a break from their normal lessons to learn cooking, nutrition, food safety and hygiene in the Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus.

The bus, funded by the Scottish Government and Food Standards Agency Scotland, is actually a giant, hi-tech articulated lorry which opens out into a spectacular purpose-built kitchen and classroom.

Qualified food teachers from Focus on Food taught children, and even some of the staff, the basics about where our food comes from and how to cook healthy, tasty meals.

Lydia Wilkie, assistant director of the Food Standards Agency, explained: “We are totally committed to engaging children, as early as possible, in understanding the link between food and health and preparing them to make informed choices about what to eat.”

St John the Baptist headteacher Marie Beacom said all the children had a great time.

She added: “We were delighted the cooking bus came to the school and we were able to share the experience with Muiredge.

“The food teachers used a variety of ways to get across health messages and the children were excited to be able have the opportunity to cook in such a fabulous resource.”