Hayley Dodsworth and Donna Harrison, two of the FitNFun team, have together written a book to support parents in the eternal mealtime battle ‘Err… I’m not eating that!’
We’ve all heard this said by our children at some point and know how frustrating it can be for the everyone involved. These local ladies came up with a proactive solution to the problem and so the Super Food Fight concept was established.
Hayley’s daughter Emma, also a FitNFunner, was the inspiration for Emma Bright and The Super Food Fight when, at around 5 years old, she began to refuse foods at the meal table. The knock on effect of this was that she was negatively influencing her younger sisters and this resulted in tears, tantrums and a waste of time and money. Mealtimes were anxious and unhappy! Rather than make separate meals or get angry Hayley told tall tales at the meal table about some super hero foods to inspire her children to try a wider range of foods.
This resulted in happier, healthier mealtimes with Emma and her sisters, Anna and Olivia Dodsworth, enjoying their meals with their parents. The knock on effect of this was the improvement in sleep, behavior and concentration.
Bardsey Primary School supported the local mum’s by reviewing the early drafts of the book and adding feedback from a teachers point of view. Then many of the children in the school and local area took part in the market research to establish whether the kids involved enjoyed the story and were learning from the concept. It was a 100% positive outcome and so the book was illustrated and the website created and the characters brought to life online: www.thesuperfoodfight.co.uk
Six months on and almost 1000 copies of Emma Bright and The Super Food Fight have been sold. Reviews have been 100% 5 stars and feedback has been unbelievably positive. Take a peek and add a place for Emma Bright at the table and make mealtimes happy, healthy and bright!
Background: Hayley Dodsworth studied a nutrition course with the Open University, closely followed by a writing course, then a children’s writing course. She enlisted her friend, Donna Harrison, Drama Teacher and parent to Peter and Lyla Harrison, to add a voice to the super hero food characters in the book, plus the meddlesome and mischievous Treats in the story.
The story took over 7 years from initial idea to published book but Hayley and Donna both agree it was worth the hard work. “We were very determined and wanted our finished book to be equal to, if not better than, any other book out there on the book shelves. It adds a new fun dimension to educating primary age school children about healthy eating and that’s being reinforced by all our super food fans. You can read our reviews on the website to find out more: www.thesuperfoodfight.co.uk/reviews
Emma Bright and The Super Food Fight is available from Hayley Dodsworth on 07981 554853, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up at copy at the Bardsey Sports Club, Keswick Lane, each Wednesday or from the online book shop: www.thesuperfoodfight.co.uk/shop