The Guernsey Institute serves up something new to support student and staff nutrition

The Health Improvement Commission has been working with the College of Further Education (part of The Guernsey Institute) café catering team, students and staff to develop its food provision. Based on students’ feedback which indicated that they wanted to be able to see the food available and be able to choose from foods that they preferred such as salads, protein and carbohydrate sources, the College now has a “build your own” food provision. The Health Improvement Commission has funded two counters for each of the three campuses, to store, present and serve hot and cold options.

“This work has taken a long time to come to fruition as it required input from many people involved at the College, including students and staff. It’s great to see us take the project to the next stage and introduce the new set up that is now in use at all campuses. We know that well-presented food is more attractive which will entice people to purchase foods from the cafes. We also know that being able to choose the foods that people prefer gives control over what they eat. We plan to build on this by engaging with the diverse cohorts that attend the College and set realistic aims that will support them to eat well. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the project.”

Community Nutritionist, Alex Kosmas

“Research has shown that students are able to learn better when they’re well-nourished and eating healthy meals has been linked to better achievement, improved memory and alertness. We are delighted to have been able to work closely with the Health Improvement Commission on this project and the new menus are being enjoyed by both students and staff.”

Louise Misselke, Principal College of Further Education and Executive Director of The Guernsey Institute