More than 150 children from 13 schools across Aberdeen and the Shire have submitted their favourite nutritious recipes to be in with the chance of winning a top-of-the-range mountain bike, in the kids@asv Recipe book challenge.
Jonathan Pan, (six), from Danestone Primary was the overall champion of the primary one to four category, with his recipe for a ‘Caterpillar Sandwich’. Jonathan’s creation of a rolled up butty laden with wholesome fruit and vegetables and moulded into the shape of the insect resulted in him winning the top prize for his age group.
Fahim Ibn Islam, (nine), from Sunnybank School, submitted the winning entry for the primary five to seven group with a similarly themed treat – ‘Caterpillar Sushi’. The top rated recipe consisted of the Japanese treat jam-packed with healthy vegetables and tuna, and rolled in to the shape of the creepy-crawly.
Jonathan and Fahim Ibn each received a top-of-the range mountain bike donated by kids@asv sponsor Hydrasun, a leading specialist provider of integrated fluid transfer, power and control solutions to the global energy industry.
Dr Alex Johnstone, a senior research fellow and registered UK nutritionist based at the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health and Daniel Crabtree, Dr Johnstone’s research assistant, chose the first, second and third winners from the two age groups.
The second place winners were Priyanshu Verma, (seven), from Sunnybank School and Emma Thom, (10), from Charleston School, who both each won a stunt scooter and £20 Amazon voucher. Mark Scott, (seven), from Broomhill Primary and Kera Lynch, (11), from Charleston School came third to win a stunt scooter and £10 Amazon voucher each.
The kids@asv initiative is a programme that facilitates affordable sports clubs and events at Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV), the premier sports facility in the North East of Scotland, aiming to get children from all backgrounds to be active and healthy.
Hydrasun chief executive Bob Drummond said: “Highlighting the benefits of nutritious eating to children from a young age is essential to ensure they have healthy and active lifestyles in the future.
“We were pleased to see entries come in from schools all over the North-east. The competition drew on the curriculum for excellence, which aims to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland develop the knowledge and skills they will need to excel in life, learning and work, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to all three.”
Hydrasun is also funding the printing of a book that will include all the recipes submitted as well as anecdotes and ideas from sports stars about how to keep fit and healthy. The school that sells the most copies of the book will win the chance to have their sports day at ASV.
David Beattie, chief executive at ASV, said: “The kids really got involved in this and the submissions gave myself and the ASV staff some great ideas for healthy meals and snacks. It’s a great way of encouraging children to investigate healthy food and to help them realise that, just because it’s healthy, doesn’t mean it’s boring.
“Diet is as important as exercise when it comes to keeping fit and it is essential to encourage children to make and eat food that not only tastes good, but is also nutritious.”
The kids@asv initiative offers the potential for over 3,000 children to participate in various activities at the Sports Village. As sponsors, Hydrasun is always heavily involved in all planning and executing of the events.
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