Healthy pupils hearty

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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