Primary school students learning to Live Life Well @ School

Primary schools across the Far West have the opportunity to come on board to implement the Live Life Well @ School program that encourages students to eat well and be more physically active.

The free 2 day training workshop will be in Broken Hill on the 26th and 27th March. The workshop is open to all Primary schools within Far West Local Health District and schools are encouraged to attend whether trained or untrained.

“While we have a number of Far West schools on board, it would be great to see more schools take up this opportunity. Teaching students to read, write and do maths is really important, but just as important is teaching children what foods to eat every day and how much physical activity to do so that you’re healthy and strong,” said Miss Jenna Pauli, Health Promotion Officer Western NSW and Far West Local Health Districts.

“The Live Life Well @ School aims to enhance teachers’ knowledge, skills and confidence in teaching nutrition and physical activity (including fundamental movement skills). How active you are and what you eat are habits we develop early in life. This is why schools and pre-schools play a critical role in encouraging kids to make healthy choices. These very basic habits can determine how long you live and if you are more likely to develop diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease”.

A teacher at Broken Hill Public School, Ms Katie Bassett-White, is a supporter of the Live Life Well @ School program. The Broken Hill Public School staff and parents have jointly decided that nutrition and physical activity promotion is a key priority for the whole school community, and has put in place a number of great initiatives to address this.

The Live Life Well @ School program is providing our school with opportunities to access resources and training that will assist to improve the physical activity of our students. We are very excited to have commenced our whole school fitness program this term. Seeing our students not only participate in physical activities but also enjoy it is a great feeling. It is a fun and exciting way to start the day!” said Ms Bassett –White.

Support is offered to schools who attend a Live Life Well @ School workshop including teacher relief funding, travel and accommodation support for teachers attending from 100+ km away, free program resources and ongoing support from the Local Health District. Newly attending schools will be eligible for a $2000 grant for their school to support the implementation of the program. Primary schools can register for the workshop now, through the below link.

For information about the Broken Hill Live Life Well @ School March workshop, please contact Jenna Pauli on 08 8080 1500. For more information about Live Life Well @ School visit:  http://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/campaigns-programs/live-life-well-@-school.aspx

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