School introducing 'brain food' breakfast during exam period to ensure pupils are fighting fit - The Leamington Observer

School introducing 'brain food' breakfast during exam period to ensure pupils are fighting fit

Leamington Editorial 5th May, 2019   0

BRAIN food is on the menu at Kenilworth School.

Ahead of the GCSE exam season the school is serving up a breakfast aimed at ensuring pupils are fighting fit and thinking clearly.

The school is introducing a £1 breakfast during the exam period featuring a mixture of complex carbs, fruit, cereal and fruit juice, as well as a bottle of water to help them concentrate, flush out toxins, stave off tiredness and boost their immune system.

Vitamin C in fruit aids concentration and reduces stress, complex carbohydrates found in porridge, wholemeal bread and pasta release the happy chemical serotonin and magnesium found in spinach, yogurt and bananas regulate the stress hormone cortisol.

The ‘brain food’ initiative has been developed following meetings between the student council – made up of year 7 to 11s – and the school’s catering supplier Innovate.

Headteacher Hayden Abbott said: “Innovate works very closely with the student council and they spend a lot of time discussing healthy eating, what foods are good for the brain and how to communicate these messages across the whole school.

“They decided that a good way to help them stay alert during exam season was to encourage them to eat healthily first thing in the morning. So we have introduced a special £1 buffet style breakfast.”

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