The Healthy Eagles Kitchen Social, which ran twice a week for five weeks, provided more than 600 free healthy meals, fun games and educational activities for children aged four and 11 between 9am and 3.30pm, with workshops for parents at the end of the day.
Eight-year-old Ella explained why she attended the programme: “I came to stop me from snacking during the summer holidays. If I didn’t come I would be playing with my tablet and watching TV all day.”
Healthy Eagles uses the power of Crystal Palace football club to inspire and encourage young people to lead an active and healthy life.
Rhys Whittle, Health and Wellbeing Officer at the Foundation, explained: “We had healthy lunches and breakfasts, workshops and activities. The children enjoyed themselves and were served organic healthy meals which will help encourage them to try new things and eat more fruit and vegetables. The main thing is to make sure they’re having fun; the summer holidays is all about fun!”
Local mum Adzira Membu, whose son attended, heard about the club from a friend and found the parent workshops useful.
She said: “There’s a lot about health and diet which I found is very helpful because you find out about what they eat.
“You ask yourself: ‘how much do you really know about your child?’ What do they eat? How much they exercise?”
To find out more about Healthy Eagles, visit www.palaceforlife.org