Healthy life lessons for parents
A primary school is trying to ensure its pupils live a healthier lifestyle by aiming its education at parents.
Wells Hall Primary School in Great Cornard has been holding PE workshops to give children an opportunity to learn with their parents, grandparents and guardians about the importance of making healthy food choices and getting the right amount of exercise.
First introduced by the school’s head of PE, Kirstin Lowe, the workshops then see the pupils take part in a number of targeted activities.
This includes getting families to look at how much added sugar is put in to foods.
The children work with their parents to guess how many sugar cubes are contained within each product before checking using the Change4Life Sugar Smart phone app.
“It definitely provided some surprising reactions,” said Alan Dale, learning mentor and sports coach at the school.
“The main aim of this session is not limited to seeing how much sugar is in each product, but also to begin to encourage parents to involve their children more in making healthy food choices.”
Another activity encouraged the children to taste new fruits and vegetables.
The challenge was to taste the smoothies on the table and to guess what they thought was contained within them, with some proving more popular than others.
As well as a healthy diet, the school is also focussing on ensuring all of its pupils engage in physical activity.
The final activity saw the pupils take on their parents in a 60-second skipping challenge.
With one in five children being obese by the time they leave primary school, the schools says it is essential for children’s health and wellbeing to get a range of different types of exercise throughout the day.
Mrs Lowe said: “The health and wellbeing of our children is of paramount importance and we realise the impact that we can have as a school, on educating both parents and children together in making healthy life choices.
“These workshops have been developed to support the growth of our children.”
Kieran Lawler, PE specialist and learning mentor, added: “Many parents have indicated that they will go away and download the Sugar Smart app and check closer on the amount of sugar contained within everyday products.
“We hope that this will have a really positive impact on our children by making healthy choices which will benefit the children’s health and wellbeing.”