Learn Sheffield has been commissioned by Sheffield City Council to develop and deliver a Whole School & Settings Approach to Food and Nutrition Programme. Named ‘Eat Smart Sheffield’, this 5-year programme focuses on encouraging and supporting pupils, their families and the wider community to adopt healthier eating behaviours.

Children Gardening
Family cooking session
Children at an Eat Smart Sheffield presentation

The programme has two main aims:

  1. To give schools the tools they need to make long term changes to their food culture and their curriculum to support healthy behaviours
  2. To give pupils and their families the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to cook, grow and enjoy good quality affordable food, as well as increasing understanding of important food issues such as food sources and sustainability

    Ultimately, Eat Smart Sheffield contributes to reducing childhood obesity and child tooth decay across Sheffield, with a focus on the 20% most deprived areas of the city where we feel the need is greatest and where we can be of most benefit. This is in line with Sheffield City Council’s ethos of working towards a healthier, fairer, greener society for all.

    I enjoyed the Eat Smart Sheffield event because we cooked with the children. I liked making different food which I haven’t tried before.

    Thank you SO much for the Healthy Packed Lunch workshops. It has been so useful for the families involved and from a whole school perspective has brought us closer to our community and shared the positive vibes.
    Mrs Holloway, Deputy Head, Gleadless Primary School

    As a school we have really loved our journey with Eat Smart Sheffield so far.
    Miss Parkin, FS2 Teacher, Mansel Primary School

    Our partnership with Eat Smart Sheffield has been fantastic. It has provided us with great ideas to share with our pupils, parents and wider community and help get across key messages of how important a healthy and sustainable lifestyle actually is…

    … Our children have thoroughly enjoyed many of the activities; with planting our own food, home baking videos and starting up a cooking club being particular highlights! We are looking forward to many more positive experiences in the future.
    Mr Coleman, PE Teacher, Lowedges Junior Academy

    Thank you for being inspirational, lovely and insightful.

    Programme Board

    The Programme Board meets on a termly basis and is made up of the following members:

    • Sam Dunker Finance & Operations Director, Learn Sheffield
    • Lisa Aldwin Programme Manager, Eat Smart Sheffield
    • Lana Simpson – Health Improvement Principal, Public Health, Sheffield City Council 
    • Hollie-Mae Janes – Health Improvement Officer, Public Health, Sheffield City Council
    • Rachel Rundle Nutrition Course Lead, Sheffield Hallam University
    • Deborah Brebnar School Food Service, Sheffield City Council
    • Delya LaneService Manager, 0-19 School Nursing Service 
    • Charlotte Long – Senior Programme Manager, Food for Life
    • Danielle Bradley Weight Management Officer, Live Lighter
    • Amy WilliamsonAssistant Project Officer, Learn Sheffield