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Healthy Lifestyle Lessons for Local Schools

More than 200 pupils at schools in the Bishop Auckland area recently experienced some fun food tasting sessions as part a healthy lifestyle programme.

The 10 week programme is run by the Durham Dales locality, Family Initiative Supporting Children's Health (FISCH) team. These sessions were supported by Sainsbury's Supermarket, West Auckland, who kindly donated the fruit for this last term.

The scheme promotes the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in primary school children, primarily in years 4 and 5.

Children from Etherley Lane, Copeland Road, Oakley Cross, St. Helens and St. Josephs Primary Schools are the latest to complete the programme in the Durham Dales area. 

The programme is jointly delivered by a Health Advisor and a Physical Activity Officer and involves 10 weeks curriculum based education around the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and fun physical activity sessions before, during and after the school day.

Amanda Dobson, Health Advisor, said, "The food tasting sessions are a great way of encouraging the children to try fruit and vegetables whilst also educating them about the many benefits.  We have really appreciated the support of Sainsbury's Supermarket this term in donating the fruit and we would also like to thank; Nicky Watson, PR Ambassador and Tom Phillipson, Store Manager for coming along and getting involved in some of the sessions."

Some of the children involved in the project gave their comments; "FISCH is amazing because we play good games and get to eat nice food and drink smoothies", "I think FISCH is brill, it helped me not to eat so much rubbish" and "FISCH is the best thing I've experienced in my life and I eat a lot more healthy now."
Nicky Watson, PR Ambassador for Sainsbury's Supermarket said, "The children really seemed to enjoy the food tasting sessions as Amanda and Lenny made it a fun way of getting the pupils to try healthy foods, some of which they may never have seen or tasted before."

An evaluation from a member of the teaching staff read, "The project is very well run and thought out.  Our children have thoroughly enjoyed all the learning and physical sessions.  I consider the project to have raised awareness about the issues and challenges of good health and diet."

The FISCH scheme is run by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and Durham County Council.

Anyone interested in the FISCH project can contact Amanda Dobson, Health Advisor, on 01388 660375.

Published: 10 May 2011

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