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Hundreds of Birmingham primary school pupils take part in city-wide cookathon

Press Release   •   Nov 08, 2018 11:11 GMT

Hundreds of pupils from primary schools in Birmingham took part in the city’s first ever Health for Life ‘cookathon’ with guidance from award-winning chef, Marcus Bean.

As part of the ‘Health For Life in Primary schools’ programme, students from Wyndcliffe Primary School in Bordesley Green were shown how to cook a tasty root vegetable soup and homemade bread, with on-screen and in-person tuition from the TV chef.

Supported by Birmingham-based education charity, Services For Education, Marcus took part in a demonstration video that was streamed to primary schools via before pupils across the city were able to roll up their sleeves, wash their hands and have a go at making the recipes themselves.

Health for Life in Primary Schools is a community investment programme, which aims to make a sustained improvement in healthy lifestyles in local communities across Birmingham.Funded by Mondelez International and delivered by Services For Education, the programme has reached over 50,000 pupils and staff over the last 6 years.

Razia Ali, Headteacher at Wyndcliffe Primary School, said: “The Health For Life programme has been incredibly beneficial in educating the students about leading a healthy lifestyle.

“We used Marcus’s visit as the perfect time to officially open our brand new cookery classroom, which has been part funded by the Health for Life programme. The children have loved having Marcus visit today, and they’ve certainly been inspired by him to make these recipes again.”

Marcus Bean, who runs Shrewsbury-based Brompton Cookery School, added: “It’s so important to get children excited about healthy cooking at an early age, and it was a great pleasure to share some tips and recipes with the children.

“This is a brilliant initiative, and I’m a huge advocate for getting more children engaged with healthy cooking – the children were excellent chefs and their bread and soup were perfect.”

Sandra Passmore, lead deliverer for the Health for Life programme at Services For Education, said: “Our advisors have worked closely with the school to develop a programme of healthy living, so it’s wonderful to see the children get involved with cooking and learning some valuable life skills.”

Watch the demonstration video by Marcus Bean here and download the recipe for the soup here and the bread here.

About Health for Life

  • Health for Life is a community programme which aims to make a sustained improvement in healthy lifestyles in local communities across Birmingham.
  • The programme takes a whole community approach to support children, adults and families to live healthier lifestyles for generations to come, engaging people in growing food, physical activity, healthy eating and cookery.
  • Between 2011-2017 Health for Life reached 125 primary and secondary schools; created 15 community growing spaces and reached around 90,000 people in the city.Over 900 Mondelēz employees volunteered their support to the programme.
  • During 2018 Health for Life is working with a further 12 primary schools and continuing to support several of the programme’s community growing spaces in Birmingham.
  • Health for Life supports Change4Life, the wellbeing campaign from Public Health England.
  • Working in partnership, Health for Life is funded by Mondelēz International and delivered byThe Conservation Volunteers and Services for Education.
  • The programme has received national acclaim with Mondelēz International winning the Food and Drinks Federation Health and Wellbeing Award in 2013 and Business in the Community’s ‘Big Tick’ 2014, in the Building Stronger Communities category, for the Health for Life in primary schools programme.

About Mondelēz International

Mondelēz International launched the Health for Life programme in 2011 and is continuing the company’s long-term commitment to work in partnership, delivering a wide-reaching and successful healthy lifestyle programme within Birmingham.

Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in approximately 160 countries around the world. With 2017 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit or follow the company on Twitter at

About Services for Education

Services For Education is a professional service provider of education and learning which improves the lives of children, young people and adults. Services For Education is comprised of the School Support Service and the Music Service. It was established in 2012 and works with pupils, teachers, schools and all organisations linked with supporting education and learning.

Services For Education is the delivery partner for Health for Life in primary schools and has supported the programme since its launch in 2011.

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About Change4Life

The Health for Life programme supports the Change4Life campaign which recognises that in order to maintain a healthy weight we need to eat a healthy balanced diet and move more. Many families are making changes that will help them live healthier and longer lives. Visit for more information.