Teen heart throbs

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

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.

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