Almost 50 young people from four Salford schools learnt about healthy eating and lifestyle yesterday (21 May) in preparation for a five-day adventure course in Wales next month.

Sodexo, the FM services provider, has partnered with The Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity with a focus on outdoor learning, to promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle to 48 young people from Oasis Academy, Moorside, Albion and Buile Hill high schools.

The young people attended the introductory day at Oasis Academy, Salford Quays, where Sodexo mentors offered advice on a balanced diet and the opportunity to meet their peers taking the residential course.

In June, participants will go to The Outward Bound Trust centre in Aberdovey in Snowdonia, Wales, where they will spend the week doing activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and an overnight expedition.

Sodexo and The Outward Bound Trust have delivered this course to young people in Scotland since 2009, and ran a pilot last year in Salford, but this is the first time the scheme is being run in England with four schools.

The course is funded by charity Sodexo Foundation as part of their STOP Hunger campaign, which aims to tackle hunger and malnutrition in communities where Sodexo operates.Sodexo Volunteer Shaun McDonnell Teaching Abut Food

Mike France, Sodexo Education account manager, said: “Sodexo is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities it serves, so we’ve formed a partnership with The Outward Bound Trust to encourage young people to learn more about living a balanced lifestyle. We want to show them the choice of food available to everyone and give them a chance to learn about the relationship between diet and physical exercise. It’s also a great opportunity for our staff to get involved in volunteering in their local community.”

Nick Barrett, CEO of The Outward Bound Trust, said “The Outward Bound Trust is delighted to see this partnership develop in Salford as a result of the investment from the Sodexo Foundation and the voluntary input from Sodexo staff. The Outward Bound Trust believes that through a healthy mind and body young people can fulfill their potential and through the adventures we organise they will have the opportunity to consider their health options and become aware of their potential.”

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