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Hearty food lessons from Joe and Shay!

  • 04 February 2011 09:33
  • Posted by David Clayton /Tim Oscroft

The gloves were off as City keepers Joe Hart and Shay Given battled for top spot - in the kitchen!

The ‘cook-off’ was staged to help the club launch the latest health programme for schools under the watchful eye of world-renowned three Michelin star chef Marco Pierre White.

Joe and Shay were joined by youngsters from Higher Openshaw Primary School as they battled to see who could create the healthiest, tastiest meal.

‘Strike a Balance’ is a scheme launched by City in the Community (CITC), Manchester Healthy Schools and Manchester City Council that will see CITC offer the free five-week programme to 120 primary schools in Manchester.

The scheme will reach 3,600 young people a year and is aimed at 9-10 year olds. Strike a Balance will use the example of the diet of MCFC footballers to help young people realise that healthy food does not have to be boring food

Each session covers a different area of healthy eating and is followed by a football session.  Topics covered include:

• The balance of good health
• Why we eat what we eat
• The importance of physical activity
• Cooking healthy, balanced meals

City in the Community’s Healthy Schools Project Manager, Lisa Kimpton, said, “The idea of Strike a Balance is a relatively simple one - to use Manchester City and the players, such as Joe and Shay, to help young people make an informed decision on which foods are good for them and which aren’t.

“Hopefully by working with a Premier League football club the young people will learn the importance of eating more healthily and will also be inspired to take part in more sport and physical activity.”

Every school that takes part in the programme will be invited to take part in a football tournament while every young person will receive their own work folder and Strike a Balance apron.

For more information about Strike a Balance please contact City in the Community on 0161 438 7711 or e-mail citc@mcfc.co.uk.

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