Bedford School is taking part in a pilot programme where it will benefit from expanded nutrition education and meals designed to enhance the performance of its pupils.
Independents by Sodexo will create food which falls under four aims – to focus, strengthen, sustain and recover. The ‘Powering Performance’ range draws on scientific research into nutrition and development. The range also benefits from studies linking specific foods to academic prowess, sporting ability, concentration and energy levels.
William Hackett, catering manager of Bedford School, said the initiative would see the meals trialled alongside the usual menu. “This is a very exciting programme which will help our young people understand the effect that the food they eat has on their bodies,” he said.
This is a very exciting programme which will help our young people understand the effect that the food they eat has on their bodies
“All our boys – particularly those in our Sports Performance Group – already learn about the benefits of eating certain proteins and complex carbohydrates on their ability to strengthen their bodies or aid muscle recovery. This will form an extension of that allowing them to put the theory into practice.
“We are allowing our boys to make informed choices – so we have set up a special area in the dining hall showcasing the meals on offer each day and explaining how their ingredients will help body and mind.”
Sam Baldock, deputy head (academic) at Bedford School, said: “Making positive food choices is a key component of success in the classroom, concert hall, stage or sports field – so we are thrilled to be trialling this exciting concept.”
Focus meals will be beneficial during exam periods, including ingredients designed to sharpen the mind such as quinoa which contains choline. Choline is required by the brain and nervous system to regulate memory and mood.
Strengthen meals include high protein ingredients like tuna, eggs and chicken which are key for muscle development.
Sustain meals include ingredients such as spinach, which is high in iron. Recovery meals will be high in vitamins and minerals such as magnesium.
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