Healthy pupils hearty
Cannons Creek School pupils have hearts of gold according to the Heart Foundation, which has awarded the school its second Gold Healthy Heart award.
The school was honoured last Tuesday for its commitment to healthy eating and exercise.
Only one other school in the lower North Island has two gold awards, Glenview School, also in Cannons Creek. Just 12 schools in the region have a single gold award. Cannons Creek School pupils eat fruit, yoghurt and muesli bars for snacks, bring sandwiches for lunch, and there are no fizzy drinks, lollies or chocolate on the school’s lunch menu.
Every student takes part in PE classes and the whole school signs up to annual Jump Rope for Heart and Jump Jam fitness challenges.
Staff are trained in nutrition and include healthy eating in their curriculum.
‘‘It’s become part of their school culture,’’ says Sian Bliss, the Heart Foundation’s health promotion co-ordinator.
Heart disease is New Zealand’s number one cause of death.
At last Tuesday’s assembly dozens of the school’s pupils said a family member had been affected by heart disease.
Healthy diet, exercise and not smoking are the best ways to avoid heart disease.
Heart Foundation volunteers will conduct a street appeal for Heart Week in Porirua this Friday and Saturday.