Health And Happiness Week 2008

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  • 1. Getting our reducing obesity initiative off to the best start!
  • 2. Health and Happiness week
    • To kick-start our initiative in primary schools, we decided that we would dedicate an entire week to activities relating to healthy eating, increasing physical activity and creating a healthier lifestyle.
    • The idea is that during this week, the children will learn more about the importance of nutrition and exercise, enjoying the fun and interactive activities around the topic.
    • The momentum from our "Health and Happiness" week will get our initiative off to a good strong start and will hopefully keep the enthusiasm going throughout the rest of the school year, with some of our ideas being more long term.
  • 3. The Plan
    • Over the course of the next week we plan to use
    • Classroom and Educational Activities
    • Sports and Physical Activities
    • Parent and Caregiver Seminar
    • Nutritional and Educational "Child-Made" Lunches
  • 4. Classroom and Educational Activities
    • Research projects and classroom based activities around learning about good nutrition and its importance, the benefits of physical activity and why a healthy lifestyle is so important.
    • Art activities such as poster making or design tasks relating to the healthy lifestyle topic.
    • Guest speakers coming to do fun and educational interactive shows and performances focusing on healthy eating and exercise.
  • 5. Sports and Physical Activities
    • Inter-class sports competitions
    • Organised lunchtime sports and games, supervised and potentially refereed by a teacher
    • PE classes with a strong aerobic element, that educate the children on the importance of movement and activity as well as being fun and energetic.
  • 6. Parent and Caregiver Seminar
    • One night during our "Health and Happiness" week, we will organise an evening seminar for parents and caregivers.
    • This seminar will provide information on:
      • what we are teaching their children about in class
      • increase awareness of healthy eating
      • regular exercise and healthy lifestyle choices
      • We will encourage parents to be actively involved in their child's learning during this initiative
      • We will describe the parent workshops we plan to run throughout the school year
      • Describe how to enrol for these.
  • 7. Nutritional and Educational "Child-Made" Lunches
    • Each day during our "Health and Happiness" week we will provide the children with wholemeal bread and a selection of healthy sandwich filling options.
    • Before lunch the children will be able to make their own sandwich, with teacher supervision, and choose some fruit and a healthy drink to complete their meal.
    • There will also be celery and carrot sticks and a variety of salad selections available to the children.
  • 8. After Health & Happiness week: continuing our plan in schools
    • At the end of Health and Happiness week, we hope the children will have a sound knowledge base around what it means to be healthy, why nutrition and exercise are important, and ways they can improve on their own lifestyles to make them healthier and thus reduce obesity.
    • To continue our plan to reduce obesity, we have a number of other more long-term ideas that will come into action at the end of Health and Happiness week, once the children have a better understanding of what it means to be healthy, and that it can be fun, too!