Healthy Eating Initiative Award 2014 

A Taste of Westfield 
Westfield Middle School, Bedford 
Nominated by: Michele Smith and Karen Watts 
Our Healthy Eating Initiative Award winning project comes from Westfield Middle School in Bedford. This school, for pupils aged 9-13, is in a culturally diverse area where there are 46 nationalities across students and staff. 
 
Michele Lowe said in describing the project: “We decided that food is a great way to experience, enjoy and celebrate different cultures whilst also encouraging regular healthy eating and the preparing and cooking of different foods. We asked pupils to contribute recipes that reflected their own cultures and that were popular with their own friends and family, many of which have been passed down through generations. These were then put together into a colourful and useful e-book which is available free of charge to read or download from the school website.” 
 
 
Westfield Middle School
As more and more people downloaded the cookery e-book, the school site received an increased number of ‘hits’. Coverage in the local media and on social networking sites helped to promote the e-book. Emails and comments also flooded in from people wishing to congratulate the school on the e-book and to say how much they were enjoying trying out the recipes. 
 
The book is currently still available to download on the school website and is set to be updated in the next school year (2014-15). A total of 35 hours saw 50 recipes included in the cook each provided by a different pupil including food from Afghanistan, Japan, Romania and Saudi Arabia. The project was completed impressively out of class time by the children at home. 
 
The project was featured in newspaper articles and three pupils gave an interview to BBC local radio where they took samples of food for the presenter to taste. 
 
The project is said to have brought the children together in order to put something together that they could take ownership of and full credit for. The whole community were also able to see the school’s commitment to diversity. With a second edition already planned for the autumn 2014, the project is all set to continue as pupils learn more and more about healthy eating. The project will also expand for its second year with two school years who previously had not submitted any recipes for the book contributing this time around. 
 
The innovation, commitment and legacy of this project makes it a worthy recipient of the Healthy Eating Initiative Award. 
 
The recipe book can still be downloaded at www.westfieldschool.net 
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