Healthy liv­ing on the menu for stu­dents

Pilbara News - - News - Shan­non Beat­tie

Stu­dents in the Abo­rig­i­nal en­rich­ment class at Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School have been tak­ing lessons about health and nutri­tion to heart over the past months.

As part of the Heart Foun­da­tion’s Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Heart Health Pro­gram, stu­dents have been hands on with healthy food and have learnt about al­ter­na­tives to sug­ary drinks.

Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Gina Tu­rangi said the stu­dents were hav­ing a lot of fun while tak­ing on im­por­tant health mes­sages.

“They are an awe­some group of en­gaged kids, great at par­tic­i­pat­ing in our ses­sions and al­ways ea­ger to get in­volved in our ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

In the ses­sions, the stu­dents learnt about hand hy­giene for the pre­ven­tion of bac­te­ria that could cause ill­ness, in­clud­ing rheumatic heart dis­ease, by mak­ing their own soap.

They also cov­ered the im­por­tance of hy­dra­tion in the warmer months by not­ing how cel­ery changed the colour of wa­ter and fo­cused on healthy eat­ing by mak­ing their own av­o­cado dip.

Teacher Kerry Bish­opp said the ses­sions were part of the STEM learn­ing area.

“The Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Heart Health Pro­gram team have delivered an en­gag­ing and rel­e­vant learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dents,” she said.

Pic­ture: Shan­non Beat­tie

Ky­lah Car­son, Milly Evans and Jarkeiter Bin Saad, all 10, with Gina Tu­rangi and Leah Ratana, of the Heart Foun­da­tion’s Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Heart Health Pro­gram.

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