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Wellbeing sessions get children healthy

posted 17 Nov 2017, 03:47 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 17 Nov 2017, 03:48 ]
Teenagers are learning to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Wellbeing sessions are helping students at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, to look after themselves better and to get fit.
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 are being taught about healthy eating, learning to cook nutritious meals and
taking part in physical activities, including boxing. It’s the first time the school has offered to give families support and guidance in this way.
Mr. Williams, lead co-ordinator behaviour for learning, said: “We are getting together with the students
once a week and the gym is open to them three times a week after school.

“We are working with about 18 students at the moment, but will add more to the wellbeing group as and
when the need arises. All of those who have been chosen to take part are loving the opportunity. They all
wanted to do something about their personal wellbeing as they worried about what people thought of them.
“It’s about making a few changes to things like their eating habits, which can be a real challenge when we are surrounded by fried chicken outlets. But, we will teach them about the benefits of choosing healthier options, including grilled chicken over fried, for example, and help them to make the right choices in future.”
The sessions, which started three weeks ago, are also helping students with their numeracy and literacy
skills.