Eight year old Florence Scard-Morgan, a Year 4 pupil at St Joseph’s School in Launceston, has won £500 for her school in a national competition, by demonstrating her knowledge of the importance of getting your ‘5-A-Day’.
Florence, together with her classmates, was invited to enter the ‘Eat Healthy, Live Healthy’ competition, a national initiative run by JDP, a leading building industry stockist, which has a local branch in Launceston.
The competition focused on healthy living; promoting the benefits to the youngsters who took part of a good diet and getting their ‘five-a-day’, as well as exercise and physical wellbeing in boosting confidence and having a positive outlook. The children’s task set by JDP was to design or make a plate of ‘fake’ food which they thought best represented a balanced meal and could help to achieve their 5-A-Day target.
Jim Brown, JDP Regional Manager, comments: “Fruit and vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet, which provide minerals, vitamins and fibres and help to maintain a healthy weight and heart. We wanted to work with schools through this year’s competition to promote the 5-A-Day message in a fun but informative way, and give some handy hints and tips to get them eating a wide variety of fresh fruit and veg without having to give up the things they love too!
“It’s been interesting to see the different takes on the 5-A-Day plates from children across the country, and the variety of materials used, including plasticine, clay, paint and crayons, to create the plate designs. They were all really creative with the task, and produced some colourful results, but the judges thought that Florence’s design stood out in particular for meeting the brief and also its colour and style.”
Her healthy plate design was selected as the overall winner of the South West of England & Wales heat of the competition and the £500 was awarded to contribute to an environmental project within school. Florence was also presented with a £20 gift voucher.
The standard of the school’s entries was so high, that classmates Sapphire Bhatti (age 9) and Phoebe Scott (age 8) were also presented with special prizes for their imaginative and eye catching designs.
Junior Head, Mrs Sue Marks at St Joseph’s School said: “This was a great way to teach the children about the importance of a healthy diet. They really enjoyed working on the topic and we are all proud of Florence, Sapphire and Phoebe’s achievements.”