The PhunkyFoods Programme (PFP), launched in 2005 by Purely Nutrition, teaches primary children key messages related to healthy eating and physical exercise in a light hearted and fun manner through art, drama, music, play and practical experience with food. It aims to enhance pupil performance, increase concentration, and improve behaviour, motivation and self-esteem. The overarching aims of the research were to evaluate the effectiveness of the PFP in terms firstly of its implementation in schools, and secondly of its impact on pupil outcomes.
- was popular with school staff, parents/carers and pupils
- lesson plans and resources were viewed as well designed, fit for purpose and easy to use, and fitted well into schools' existing health-related activity
- fitted well with whole-school initiatives to promote healthier lifestyles, such as the 5-A-DAY campaign and achieving and maintaining NHSS
- had improved knowledge and awareness amongst pupils, and most pupils reported positive changes in their eating behaviour and physical activity
- had supported the teaching of health-related issues. It had also enhanced and developed the knowledge and confidence of those delivering the programme and contributed to professional development
- clearly helped expand, embed and enhance health-related teaching, through increasing school staff competence and confidence, complementing other initiatives and positively impacting on pupil knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.
Sponsor(s): Purely Nutrition Ltd
How to cite this publication:
Teeman, D., Reed, F., Bielby, G., Scott, E. and Sims, D. (2008) Evaluation of the PhunkyFoods Programme: Final Report. Executive summary. Slough: NFER.