The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has created the Players’ Healthy Eating Guide to encourage children to adopt healthy eating habits. The side was created in conjunction with Spar.
Dan Horan, FAI Head of Fitness, alongside nutritionists Mark Evans and Ellen Roche, and Head Chef for the Ireland teams David Steele, helped assemble the guide. Players from the Republic of Ireland Men’s and Women’s Senior Teams got involved, with Jonathan Walters, Paul McShane and Jeff Hendrick trying out some of the meals as part of the launch.
According to Colin Donnelly, Spar Sales Director, “We are delighted to be involved in the FAI's Players’ Guide to Healthy Eating. At Spar we are focused on providing a strong healthy offering for kids with our Spar Better Choices Kids initiative.
“Our consultant dietician Ellen Roche makes sure the health and wellbeing needs of Spar's consumers are met and she has really enjoyed contributing to this Guide. I hope children across the children benefit from and enjoy this Players' Healthy Eating Guide.”
FAI CEO John Delaney welcomed the release of the Guide, saying: “The health and wellbeing of children has always been treated with the highest level of care and detail by the FAI, so this Players’ Healthy Eating Guide ties in exactly with our ethos of child welfare and player development.
“The Guide is a fantastic way for children to adopt positive habits from an early age and we are delighted that Spar have partnered with us on this worthwhile project. From grassroots level right up to the Republic of Ireland senior teams, we always encourage our players to enjoy playing football and being healthy is the best way to do that.
“I would like to commend Mark Scanlon, Diane Fay and Dylan Maguire in our Schools & Colleges Department for producing this fantastic Guide, while I would also like to acknowledge the input from the Republic of Ireland men's and women's senior players. I hope that children around the country use this Guide and share it with their family and friends.”
Also included in the Guide are healthy school lunch ideas, healthy eating tips and full list of foods which will help children to create a balance diet.
The Players' Guide to Healthy Eating, which is published in both English and Irish, will be available in Spar outlets nationwide and can be downloaded Fai.ie/healthyeatingguide
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