The Aiming High Project prides itself on a Healthy Eating and lifestyles regime. During the time spent on each of the ‘Outdoor Experiences’ there is a no sweets, crisps, chocolate and fizzy drink policy. This includes Lucozade, Powerade or any other energy drinks.
The project attempts to educate the young people on the effect that additives and refined sugars have on behaviour.
The students will be challenging themselves in an outdoor environment. It is vital that they get the right foods, so it is paramount that packed lunches at each session provide a good balance. They will be checked for any ‘contraband’ at each session and they will have the opportunity to hand in any deemed not suitable.
Some of the benefits of a balanced healthy diet are
- More energy
- Improvements in behaviour
- Less mood swings as sugar and energy levels remain more constant.
- Less illnesses
- Less problems with obesity
- Improved concentration in the classroom
The ‘Healthy Eating’ aspect of this programme is a real challenge for the key workers. It is worth pointing out that the project allows most foods to be eaten.
- Sandwiches/Rolls (ham/tuna)
- Pasta Dishes
- Rice dishes
- Yoghurts (not chocolate)
- Fruit Juice (not Sunny D or squash)
- No added sugar drinks
NB this is not an extensive list, but if you follow the guide that anything with additives, lots of refined sugars and or caffeine in, will not be permitted.