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Body Kind and Food Education Awareness

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Body Kind and Food Education Awareness

On Monday 13th September all staff at the college participated in professional learning aimed at re-thinking the ways in which we as educators present information to our students about food/nutrition to improved relationships with eating and support positive body image.

Kelly Fullarton a local teacher and nutritionist who also runs the blog “The Curious Nutritionist”, offered advice and practical tips for us as educators to consider when discussing food or body image. Her presentation titled “Inspiring food cultures- the journey from traditional to contemporary” challenges education models where food is categorised as healthy or unhealthy and inspired us to consider approaching the topic from a food neutral perspective. This approach is inclusive, strengths based and supports more positive physical and psychological outcomes for students.

September is Body Kind Month- this initiative by the Butterfly Foundation raises awareness of the prevalence of eating disorders in our young people and supports schools and families to change our language at home and at school when talking about food or body image.

Youtube video here;

Click here to read a parent fact sheet offering more information about Eating Disorders in children and how to access support. You may also reach out to the Wellbeing Team who have had training in responding to signs of eating or body dissatisfaction in young people.

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