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Healthy boost to York primary schools

16th July 2014

Benenden Health and York City in the Community team up to bring healthy boost to primary schools around York.

This month, over a thousand primary school children at ten York schools have taken part in a healthy eating and exercise workshop delivered by mutual healthcare provider, Benenden Health alongside coaches from York City in the Community.

Over a one month period staff from the local health and wellbeing organisation have gone into ten schools around York to deliver sessions on the importance of healthy eating to Year One and Reception pupils.

The programme focused on the importance of a balanced diet, as well as an exercise session with the York City in the Community coaches, to teach the children the importance of regularly getting active. The sessions involved interactive games and activities and all the children have received a goody bag with additional health and wellbeing information and water bottles, to take home.

Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden Health said: “It’s so important for children at this age to start to get an understanding about health and wellbeing issues. Our aim has been to put together an engaging workshop session which will introduce key, healthy eating and exercise messages to pupils in a fun and interactive manner.

“As a mutual organisation, the work we do in the community is really important to us and this is the first time we’ve gone into primary schools in this way. We’ve seen a great response from the children who have taken part so far and we really hope that the sessions have shown them about the importance of healthy eating and exercise.”

Paula Stainton, Community Manager at York City in the Community said, “It’s vital that we use our role in the local community to provide good role models and help educate young people in all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. By delivering this programme to so many four to seven-year-olds, we are encouraging an early start to an active life.”

 

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