Pupils given incentive to choose healthy school meals

School meals
School meals

A pilot project that sees youngsters being rewarded when they buy a healthy school meal is being introduced into three Borders high schools.

If successful at Earlston, Selkirk and Peebles High Schools it will be rolled out across the region’s nine high schools in early 2015.

All youngsters are given a Young Scot card when they start high school and once the card has been activated pupils will automatically be rewarded with 25 points when they buy a healthy school meal using the cashless catering card.

The Young Scot card is available to all young people aged 11-26 and entitles them to discounts and offers on a range of shops, services and travel.

The idea for the rewards system for selecting a healthy school meal came from pupils themselves. Their campaigning has paid off and both Young Scot and Scottish Borders Council’s school catering team are on board.

Councillor Vicky Davidson, executive member for culture, sport, youth and communities added: “It’s an exciting and innovative way of encouraging young people to adopt a more healthy lifestyle and I would encourage all pupils at these three high schools to take every advantage of this unique opportunity.”