Health Action pays a visit to Orchard Primary School
COUNTY Armagh children at Orchard Primary School have been learning how to stay healthy with the help of Centra and cancer charity, Action Cancer.
The Action Cancer Health Action Programme, supported by Centra, encourages children to think more about their health by providing them with a fun educational environment, said Centra Brand Manager, Jennifer Morton.
“Centra retailers are proud to support Action Cancer in delivering this fantastic programme to primary and secondary schools. Already we have reached over 500,000 children since 2003 with many more thousands to be added to that number throughout 2018. It’s wonderful to know that we are empowering the next generation of children to take charge of their health and think smartly about their choices when it comes to food and exercise”, said Jennifer.
The Health Action Programme is designed to help children learn through fun, interactive sessions, engaging in games, activities and workshops.
“Having fun is a really important aspect of learning for children as the more relaxed they are the more information they retain”, said Action Cancer’s Health Improvement and Evaluation Manager, Caroline Hughes.
She continued: “Educating young people about how to make healthy choices, in a fun and interactive way is a vital part of Action Cancer’s Health Promotion work. Teachers and parents’ resources have also been produced so that learning can be supported and sustained in the classroom and at home.”
The Centra Health Action Programme has been designed to reflect the Northern Ireland curriculum for KS1 and KS2, targeting children from nursery to P3 with Health Action Heroes and from P4 to P7 with Be Healthy, Be Smart. For secondary schools the Your Body, Your Health programme is available, with Healthy Lifestyle for KS3 and Cancer Awareness offered for KS4.
Action Cancer’s Health Action programme has visited nurseries, schools and colleges more than 1,200 times, reaching more than 500,000 children and young people across Northern Ireland and has received over £1 million of fundraising from Centra stores and Musgrave staff.