Happy and Healthy Lifestyles is an exciting collaborative project between FESP, Primary Schools and Health representatives to come up with new ideas to tackle obesity in Barrow-in-Furness.
In its pilot year (2016-17) 5 Primary schools took on the challenge. The attended an introductory event where health professionals lead workshops to teach Y5 pupils about the different aspects of a healthy lifestyles. Pupils then went back to their primary schools and conducted research to help them decide on a project.
On Wednesday the pupils presented their findings and suggestions on the theme of diet to healthy professionals. Ormsgill's Health ambassadors told us about introducing a healthy tuck-shop, Green Gate had held a healthy restaurant to encourage parents to cook healthy meals, St. Pius had encouraged parents to used the Sugar Swaps App (with mixed results ass apparently some dads were scanning bags of sugar!), South Walney introduced "Try it Tuesday" and "Fruity Thursdays" and Victoria Academy put on an amazing role play explaining why their "Try a new fruit each week" project was so important.
All pupils did a fantastic job of their presentations, they spoke with confidence and enthusiasm about their project and worked well as a team. It was great to see that the were taking their own healthy eating advice on board by demolishing our fruit kebabs!
Each Primary Health Ambassador was given a certificate, badge and gift bags by representatives from the NHS and Barrow-in-Furness Mayor Tony Callister attended to show his support and pledge his active involvement in the next stage - we hope he knows it's exercise!
Well done to all involvedd and a big thank you to our special guests!