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The Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus makes breakfast the most important meal of the day

According to new research commissioned for Farmhouse Breakfast Week (20th -26th January 2013), 70% of people in Scotland ensure their children eat breakfast and half of adults enjoy breakfast every day.

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Children at St Patrick’s Primary School, Kilsyth, learn about the importance of eating breakfast every day

Helping children and adults understand why breakfast is important is one of the healthy eating messages that is taught on the Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus, which is visiting St Patricks Primary School in Kilsyth this week. The visit includes practical workshops, demonstrations and tastings of breakfast foods to show pupils and members of the local community how easy it is to make time for breakfast and the wide variety of options available.

This Cooking Bus, funded by the Scottish Government as part of its Healthier Scotland programme and Food Standards Agency Scotland, is run by Focus on Food, the leading food education programme to support the teaching of cooking in schools and communities across the UK.

Karen Levy, from HGCA, organisers of Farmhouse Breakfast Week, explains why breakfast is so important: “Eating breakfast can make you healthier and happier and it’s not difficult to do! During Farmhouse Breakfast Week we are encouraging everyone to shake up their wake up and enjoy the most important meal of the day. Initiatives like the Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus are a great way of educating schools and communities about healthy eating and getting them engaged with their food and where it comes from.”

Sarah Helliwell, from Focus on Food, said: “Farmhouse Breakfast Week is a great reason for the Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus to run breakfast sessions, which help people to understand the link between food and health. We hope that after this week those that have been on board will be making breakfast a regular part of their day!”

Mary Canavan, Deputy Head Teacher at St Patrick’s Primary School, said: “Everyone is really enjoying having the Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus at school this week. It’s both informative and fun, and a fantastic way to engage the children with their food and cooking.”

This breakfast event is one of hundreds happening all around the country. To find an event local to you, you can search for events on our website or contact us on


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