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I spent the prize money on creating a series of resources to help explain nutrition science, and get people talking about what’s in their food. I bought some knives that are safe for under 18s to use in the kitchen, and regularly use these for cooking classes.
I also bought some multimeters, which we use to show why certain drinks are better than others at replacing the electrolytes we lose in sweat when we exercise. £450 was spent on equipment, and £50 on a stall holder fee at the Southampton Healthy Living Festival.
One of the most popular resources I made were the “Sugar Wheels”, which were based on an idea from Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall. They consist of two prize wheels, which people spin and then guess how much sugar is in the drink. One wheel has smoothies and fruit juices on, and the other has fizzy drinks. People are always amazed how much sugar is in the drinks they thought were healthy!