Kennedy Park NS fly­ing the flag for healthy eat­ing

Wexford People - - NEWS - By DAVID TUCKER

KENNEDY PARK school has be­come the lat­est school in the coun­try to be pre­sented with the Healthy Ire­land ‘Health Pro­mot­ing Schools’ Flag’ and the Ac­tive Flag.

‘We de­lighted to see the chil­dren’s hard work be­ing re­warded and that they have de­vel­oped and main­tained good lifestyle habits through the process of achiev­ing these flags,’ said teacher Ni­cola Gregg.

The Healthy Ire­land Health Pro­mot­ing Schools(HPS) Flag, which was raised last Fri­day, is pre­sented by the HSE to schools as an ac­knowl­edge­ment of their work in im­prov­ing the health of their school com­mu­ni­ties.

The HPS sup­ports schools to fo­cus on health and well­be­ing and in­volves all mem­bers of the school com­mu­nity. Stu­dents, staff, par­ents and guardians are con­sulted to iden­tify pri­or­ity health ar­eas.

In each school, a HPS co­or­di­na­tor and HPS team lead out on the pro­gres­sion of health and well­be­ing and this work is sup­ported by the school prin­ci­pal, board of man­age­ment and wider school com­mu­nity.

In Kennedy Park school some of the many health ini­tia­tives cho­sen to take on board in or­der to progress as a Health Pro­mot­ing School in­clude: to in­crease ac­tiv­ity and sports through­out the school, be­come more mind­ful and pro­mote hap­pi­ness through both men­tal health and phys­i­cal health, in­tro­duc­ing med­i­ta­tion, yoga and a va­ri­ety of new sports and ac­ticites in­clud­ing dance, mar­tial arts, gym­nas­tics and ten­nis.

Claire Mol­loy, Par­ents Coun­cil; Alice Nolan Mol­loy, Cllr Jim Moore, Ni­cola Gregg, teacher; Rory Gil­bert, Tr­ish Ty­nan, prin­ci­pal; Ni­amh Carty, Sylvia Wick­ham, teacher; Billy Walker and Nuala Harpur, senior health pro­mo­tions of­fi­cer.

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