What is The Mad Food Science Program?
The Mad Food Science Program is a fun and interactive whole-school program designed to address today’s food culture in children, and kick-start behavioural change within schools around food and sustainability.
After visiting over 120 schools across Australia, we know that processed packaged food has a strangle-hold on kids lunchboxes and minds, and is preventing children from being their best and fulfilling their potential. This Program is designed to change that.
AS FEATURED BY:
Empowering Children Through Fun
By taking a whole school approach, The Mad Food Science Program is designed to start conversations with children, parents and teachers about food and how it impacts health, learning, waste and the environment.
With the students, it’s about educating them to start making better food choices straight away, using experiments, observations, and discussions to reinforce key health messages.
For the teachers and the school management team, it’s about providing valuable data about food and waste at the school so that you can use this to develop and enhance the school’s strategic plan.
Quick Facts & Inclusions of The Mad Food Science Program:
- The Program is targeted at Primary Schools (students aged 5-13)
- Includes a Food and Waste Survey and Benchmarking Report, providing valuable data about food and waste specifically at your school.
- Features a 90-minute student incursion which contains thought provoking conversations, engaging experiments, and a taste-test for every student.
- Uses positive peer environment of large groups to give the school a consistent language to talk about food and waste
- Offers continuing education with additional teacher and school resources
- Includes a complimentary 1-hour parent information session
- A complimentary handout for every student (from our National Partner, Worldwide)
The Mad Food Science Program creates a fun environment for children to learn and explore simple – but important – ideas about food and health. The Program features thought-provoking conversations, engaging experiments, and a taste-test for every student.
THE MAD FOOD SCIENCE PROGRAM HAS ALREADY REACHED:
What Children Learn:
Why their body needs a rainbow of fruit and vegetables
To taste food with their tongue, not with their eyes
How food can affect their mood, concentration and behaviour
To take responsibility for what they put in their mouth
How to read food packets, and why real food is so much better
Studies show that children who eat more nutritious food, including fruit and vegetables, perform better in NAPLAN testing, and concentrate better, behave better, and socialise better in class. Specifically, they:
- Are better learners
- Remain more ‘on task’
- Show improved brain capacity
- Are less likely to exhibit hyperactive behaviours
- Have a greater sense of resilience
- Show less incidence of mood disorders
- Are twice as likely to perform better than those who eat unhealthy food
- Become more successful students
- Have lower rates of obesity
The Mad Food Science Program helps make this a reality – and also directly supports schools with the Australian Curriculum's PDHPE learning area, including: Making healthy and safe choices (Being Healthy, Safe & Active); Health literacy (Communicating & Interacting for Health & Wellbeing); and Community health promotion (Contributing to Healthy & Active Communities).
The Program contains material which supports units about anatomy, maths, waste and sustainability, and uses science inquiry skills of predicting and observing to help cement the PDHPE messages.
“I was amazed how easily the children picked up the concepts that I see even adults struggle with. The kids all had a brilliant time and I know a lot of children went home telling about their learning experiences!”
Mum and P+C Member
A Team of Certified Instructors
We already have 11 Certified Instructors across Australia, and by the end of Term 3 2019 there will be 18 Certified Instructors trained and ready to work with your school.
Since we completed our Australian Tour, we’ve been training a group of passionate individuals to help us deliver The Mad Food Science Program around Australia and Internationally, so we can impact more children.
The map shows our Instructor's main region/location, but with enough notice, they are often able to travel more broadly than just their immediate regions. Even if you're located outside these areas, make an enquiry and we will do our best to help you.
"This program is so tidy and so tight, and covers so many areas. The kids are engaged from start to finish."
Assistant Deputy Principal
Kensington Public School
What People Are Saying:
"I will never regret getting my very obese self and kids to the Mad Food Science workshop almost 2 years ago!! Life is simply different now... It really is "simple" to shop, pre-prepare and eat real food!
We stick to one golden rule, no packaged foods with numbers or more than 6 ingredients!!
I personally have lost over 30kgs and my kids have grown into their weight! Gone is the drama of "what to buy", there is always a pantry, fridge & freezer full of easy and healthy food thanks to Bel's simple guidelines!! Thankyou!"
– Lori Buttel
"This year all 3 of my primary school age children (10, 7 & 5 years) had the Mad Food Science Program at their school (Mayfield west, Newcastle NSW)
None of them were bad eaters beforehand but the program definitely helped them agree to try more foods and they are all obsessed with the “rainbow” now!
We have the food rainbow poster both on the fridge and a wall in the kitchen. I would like to see this program delivered every year at every school!! Thank you!!"
– Dee Morison
"My boy Sonny (8 years old) has always had an addiction to junk food. We limit it as best we can but he also has a wide range of food intolerances which are difficult to manage.
When Bel came with the Mad Food Science Program she made healthy smoothies with the school and my boy came home begging me for healthy foods!
It made a massive difference to him that someone other than his mum had delivered this important information to him. Thanks so much Bel."
– Emma Spouse
"Firstly, thank you for attending my son’s school - Pleasant Heights Public. I was convinced that my son would refuse the green smoothie, as he has never had anything like that at home. To my surprise, he drank it and proudly told me that he even went back for seconds.
When we are grocery shopping he regularly asks for foods I’d rather not buy. Now, instead of saying an outright no, I ask him to read the ingredients list and tell me if it’s a good choice. With the information and education you have empowered him with, he is able to read the label and of his own decision, albeit reluctantly, put the packet back on the shelf.
Since he attended the workshop he has been more open to trying new foods. I am extremely grateful for the guidance that you have provided both him and myself. "
– CK Goodwin
"The Mad Food Science Program changed my children’s attitude to school lunch boxes from day 1.
Since the first supermarket shop after the course I have not bought packaged snacks and they have not been requested. The kids are now in high school and our healthy lunch boxes continue.
The biggest take home message from your course was the importance of eating unpackaged, whole foods. I would not say they never eat junk food but they are aware that it is “sometimes food”, this is a message that I said repeatedly, however, it did not sink in until it came from you.
Thank you for working so hard to make a real difference in childhood obesity Bel."
– Lisa Singleton
“Students thoroughly enjoyed the ‘hands-on’ experiments. Very informative and certainly got the students thinking about their food choices.”
“Terrific! Great how the info ties together. In school some of this may be covered in various KLAs but science, maths, nutrition, anatomy is put in to a very convincing narrative in this workshop! Incredibly necessary info and not at all what’s available out there otherwise. We stress healthier choices, ‘sip n crunch’ and fitness, but the ‘impacts’ of poor choices not otherwise known. Loved it!”
“Extremely informative and students felt they were making the decision rather than being told. They were understanding why and it got them thinking.”
"I like the use of the One Body For Life terminology."
“A great program with examples (such as the car) that related to the students. Thank you for a great, fun, educational program.”
“A very valuable experience to give students awareness and healthy decision-making. Highly engaging with strong takeaway messages and experiments – easy for children to implement. Thank you, it was an excellent program. Very practical and relatable. Positive links for learning across KLAs (Maths / HSIE / Science etc)”
“Very eye opening! I need to be a better role model for my students too. Great way to start the conversation. Thanks! I really enjoyed learning about foods. Even as an adult I sometimes feel misled and make unhealthy choices for myself.”
Risk Free – Satisfaction Guaranteed
If for any reason your school is dissatisfied with the workshop, we will gladly arrange a second delivery of the workshop – for free – to ensure your students get the best experience possible.
We will collect all the decision maker's feedback beforehand, and make sure it is discussed in detail with the Instructor, so the second workshop is delivered to our usual high standard, and addresses any concerns.
If, after the second workshop, your school is still dissatisfied with the workshop, we will gladly arrange a refund of the full workshop fee.
All we ask at this point is the opportunity to conduct an interview with the decision makers at the school to determine what happened, what you were unhappy with, and how we might improve in the future.
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