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Early School Leavers Education Resource

Healthy eating made simple

Concepts such as the can be difficult to understand. And even more difficult to apply to everyday life. This module uses everyday food and meals to explain what the food groups are and their role in maintaining a balanced diet.

There are six topics in this module.


The is designed to make healthy eating easier. Healthy eating is about getting the correct amount of nutrients - protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals you need to maintain good health. Worksheets, games and activities help young people understand the food groups and correctly sort food into the food groups.

Do you know how much of a whole day's food intake should come from each food group? This topic explains the amount of food needed from each food group everyday. Worksheets, activities and games allow young people to match the food groups to their own diets.

Breakfast - Start the day the best way

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, yet up to one-third of us regularly miss this essential meal. This topic explains why breakfast is so important and gives lots of tips on how to start the day the right way. Using worksheets, activities and games young people understand that there are lots of different types of breakfast.

The shows how much of what you eat should come from each food group. But it can be difficult to understand what's in the food and drink we consume. This topic takes every day foods, drinks and snacks and shows what food groups are contained in each. It provides practical guidance as well as fun activities to help young people make healthier choices.

Sugar, salt, fat - How much is too much? How much is too little?

There's a lot of information out there about sugar, fats and salt. We know too much is not healthy for us but how do we really know what we are eating? This topic explains the amount of salt, fats and sugars that are unhealthy and how to spot the content of each in everyday foods.

Staying hydrated - an essential guide to healthy drinks

Humans can survive for a few weeks without food, but you cannot go without fluids for more than two to three days. So it’s important to understand the amount and type of fluids you need to consume every day. This topic uses worksheets, a group discussion and arts & communications activities to highlight the nutritional value of different drinks.