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York primary schools get healthy boost in wellbeing initiative

5th June 2015 

Over the next month, more than 1700 primary school children in York will take part in a healthy eating and exercise workshop organised by health and wellbeing provider, Benenden - alongside coaches from the York City FC Foundation. 

Over 15 schools around York will benefit from interactive sessions on the importance of healthy eating, which will be delivered to their Year One and Reception pupils. The programme focuses on the importance of a balanced diet and regular exercise – including a fitness session with the York City Foundation coaches on the importance of regularly getting active.

The sessions will involve interactive games and activities and all the children will receive a gift from Benenden for taking part, as well as the opportunity to enter a competition to design a balanced ‘healthy eating’ plate and win a prize.

Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden said: “When we ran a similar initiative last year, it was so well-received by the schools and children who took part that we were really keen to replicate it again this year. This summer we plan to reach even more primary schools around York, delivering an engaging workshop session which introduces key health lifestyle messages to pupils in a fun and interactive manner.

“We really hope that the sessions will show the pupils about the importance of healthy eating and exercise and have a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.”

Paula Stainton, Foundation Manager of York City FC Foundation said, “It’s important 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 expanding this programme and delivering to so many four to seven-year-olds, we are encouraging an early start to an active life.”

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