Giving kids the real story about their food - BNF launches new resources on food and farming today  

Ensuring that children and young people know about healthy eating, where their food comes from and how to cook, has become increasingly important. The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is delighted to launch new, free resources for all schools throughout the UK to support this essential learning – this is latest addition to our Food – a fact of life website.  Roy Ballam, Education Programme Manager at the BNF explained, “We are thrilled to launch these new resources which are a new way for us to support teachers in educating young people about their food.” 

New for Primary/Middle/Special Schools
Join Alisha, Jordan, Nicola and Ronnie as they explore healthy eating, cooking and where food comes from through six exciting stories. The stories have been designed to support cross-curricular/inter-disciplinary learning and are accompanied by a variety of classroom resources. They are ideal for interactive whiteboards, have been tested in schools and are free and ready to use.

To view these exciting materials, go to:§ionId=100
New for Secondary Schools
Understanding where our food comes from, and how it is produced, helps individuals make more informed choices about their diet. To support this aim, we have developed a set of case studies focusing on dairy farming, covering:
* animal health and welfare;
* the environment and sustainability;
* diversity of farming systems;
* the production of milk and other dairy products.
To view these new materials, go to:§ionId=92&contentId=416

Roy Ballam continued, “Our focus is always on good teaching and learning, and supporting teachers with innovative materials for great classroom experiences. The Food – a fact of life programme provides all schools with materials that are progressive, curriculum compliant and tested. We really hope that schools enjoy all the new resources.”


Notes to Editors

1. For further information, go to: or email Roy Ballam ( Telephone: 020-7404-6504.  Images and interviews available on request.

2. Food - a fact of life provides a progressive approach to teaching about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming from 3 to 16 years. The site provides a wealth of free resources to stimulate learning, ensuring that consistent and up-to-date messages are delivered.

3. These new primary and secondary resources have been developed by the British Nutrition Foundation, and are supported by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) milk sector organisation - DairyCo. The resources have been tested in schools, based on recent robust research with practicing teachers, and are suitable for schools throughout the UK. AHDB is an independent, not for profit organisation.

4. The new primary resources have been developed to support cross-curricular/inter-disciplinary learning, particularly supporting literacy and numeracy in schools. The materials can also easily be used in middle and special schools.

5. The new secondary resources will help schools plan a series of successful lessons, exploring dairy farming and the production and processing of dairy foods, for students aged 11-16 years. They support a wide range of curriculum areas, including science, food technology, home economics, geography, health and wellbeing, and personal, social and health education.

6. The Food – a fact of life website has been supported by all the AHDB sector organisations since its inception in 2005. In addition, support has been provided by the All Saints Educational Trust. This support has helped to develop the website which now covers pre-school through to secondary and provides interactive educational activities on food production, farming, healthy eating and cooking.

7. The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) was established over 40 years ago and exists to deliver authoritative, evidence-based information on food and nutrition in the context of health and lifestyle. The Foundation’s work is conducted and communicated through a unique blend of nutrition science, education and media activities. BNF’s strong governance is broad-based but weighted towards the academic community.  BNF is a registered charity that attracts funding from a variety of sources, including contracts with the European Commission, national government departments and agencies; food producers and manufacturers, retailers and food service companies; grant providing bodies, trusts and other charities. Further details about our work, governance and funding can be found on our website ( and in our Annual Reports.

Last reviewed January 2011. Next review due December 2013.