Food Dudes are four young super-heroes: Charlie, Tom, Raz
and Rocco. By eating their favourite fruit or vegetables,
the Food Dudes gain special powers which enable them to
save the world and the Life Force from a gang of baddies:
The Junk Punks. General Junk and his side-kicks, Miss Demeanour,
and Master Disaster are trying to drain the energy of the
world by depriving it of nutritious fruit and veg. With
their special powers, given to them by carrots, tomatoes,
raspberries and broccoli, the Food Dudes feed the Life Force
and foil the Junk Punks.
are two main phases to the Programme:
1 is an intensive intervention which lasts 16 days. During this time, children in the junior classes are given fruit and vegetables while they are read a letter and/or watch a specially designed DVD of the Food Dudes. These super-heroes save the life force from a gang of baddies whose objective is to take away the energy of the world by depriving it of nutritious fruit and veg. Each day the children are rewarded with stickers or small rewards and get a tick on the classroom wall chart for successfully eating the fruit and veg. This phase is primarily school based, although children keep a diary of fruit and veg they have eaten at home. The senior classes take part in 4 tasting days during phase 1, also get read a letter and/or watch a DVD episode and are rewarded with 4 rewards.
2 extends the home element of the Food Dudes programme by encouraging the children to bring their own fruit and veg to school every day in special Food Dudes containers Classroom wall charts continue to be used for the junior classes and are introduced to the senior classes to record progress and children receive Food Dudes certificates upon reaching goals. This phase maintains fruit and veg consumption in the longer term.
Role of Parents in the Food Dudes Programme
as eating fruit and vegetables at school, it is important
that children eat them at home too. Parents can help by
encouraging children to eat and enjoy a healthy amount of
fruit and vegetables, and set an example by eating them
praise and encouragement every time your child eats fruit
and veg, and don’t offer sweet foods as ‘rewards’ for eating
fruit and veg. There is no need to argue about food, just
make sure that you make fruit and veg available for your
child and stay positive.
your child has a Food Dudes Home Chart you can help him/her
complete it daily, and encourage him/her to try new fruit
and veg - variety is good for health.
your child receives his/her fruit and veg containers you
can spend time together choosing interesting ways to fill
them, to contribute towards a healthy packed lunch. Below
are some tips and ideas which may help you to create lunches
that are healthy, interesting and varied.
need lots of energy and nutrients from food, particularly
when they’re growing. Try to encourage them to eat lots
of fruit and veg (you should aim for at least 5 portions
a day) to help ensure they have the required amount of vitamins
and minerals. Variety is one of the keys to a healthy balanced
diet and this applies just as much to the fruit and veg
you eat. The more types of fruit and veg included the better,
because different fruit/veg contain different nutrients.
Including a range of colours, flavours and textures
can help make food more interesting and enjoyable.
are a popular choice for packed lunches and can be easily
filled with a variety of salads. Or a mixed salad could
be put in the veg tub, to be eaten with the usual sandwiches.
fruit and veg in different forms, whether cooked or raw.
vegetables taste good grated (e.g., carrots) and some
(e.g., carrots, celery, peppers) can be cut into sticks,
and perhaps eaten with a dip.
a variety of fruit and veg in a pot and create a ‘salad’.
You might like to try a fruit salad of banana, orange,
pineapple slices with a sprinkling of raisins and a veg
salad of lettuce, sweetcorn, grated carrot, peas or tomato.
can include fruit and/or vegetables. Save some from the
previous evening meal and put in one of the lunchbox tubs.
cheese (cubes or grated) with a portion of fruit and/or
any of the above vegetable items.
fruit juice in your child’s lunchbox instead of cordial
or fizzy drinks. Make sure it’s 100% pure juice with no
added sugar. Smoothies (made mostly of fruit) are also
a healthy fruit drink.