Teen heart throbs
Staff and students at Titahi Bay Intermediate School are the first recipients in the Wellington region of a Heart Start award, recognition of their achievements through the Heart Foundation’s new education programme.
Heart Start supports schools to promote heart health to students. The programme provides support and resources for schools to work towards modules that encourage a healthier school environment.
The programme is an excellent alternative for schools that want to create a healthier environment, without the risk of over-extending resources, says Heart Foundation promotion co-ordinator Sian Bliss.
Students at Titahi Bay Intermediate School have investigated the ingredients in commonly eaten foods at school, and discussed healthier options to better fuel their brain and bodies, she says. The student health team has been redeveloping the school lunch menu, classifying foods as healthy ‘‘every day’’ or ‘‘sometimes’’ foods.
Ms Bliss says the key to success in creating a healthy eating environment is involving the students.
‘‘It’s fantastic to see the students actively taking charge of nutrition issues within the school, and really making a difference,’’ she says.
The school’s breakfast club kicked off in Term 4 last year providing students with Weetbix and milk, as well as toast, spread and hot drinks.
Schools interested in Heart Start can contact the Heart Foundation on 0800 863 375.