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The PhunkyFoods Programme (PFP), launched in 2005 by Purely Nutrition, teaches primary children key messages related to healthy eating and physical exercise in a light hearted and fun manner through art, drama, music, play and practical experience with food. It aims to enhance pupil performance, increase concentration, and improve behaviour, motivation and self-esteem. The overarching aims of the research were to evaluate the effectiveness of the PFP in terms firstly of its implementation in schools, and secondly of its impact on pupil outcomes. This report finds that the PFP was popular with school staff, parents/carers and pupils. The PFP's lesson plans and resources were viewed as well designed, fit for purpose, and easy to use, and fitted well into schools' existing health-related activity. The vast majority of schools intended to continue using the PFP. The PFP clearly helped expand, embed and enhance health-related teaching, through increasing school staff competence and confidence, complementing other initiatives and positively impacting on pupil knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. Question schedules are appended. (Contains 1 table.) [Funding for this research was provided by Purely Nutrition.]

Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Physical Activities, Health Education, Health Programs, Elementary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Program Evaluation, Outcomes of Education, Foreign Countries

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Author: Teeman, David; Reed, Frances; Bielby, Gill; Scott, Emma; Sims, David

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6263&id=ED504617

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