As easy as 1,2,3 for Strathmore pupils

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CREATIVE pupils at Strathmore Primary School in Forfar have used their artistic talents to help NHS Tayside promote healthy lifestyles.

Staff from the Paediatric Overweight Service Tayside (POST) asked Primary 4/5B pupils from Strathmore and Primary 6 pupils at Woodlands Primary School in Carnoustie to come up with a logo for the POST school-based programme Fun Fit Tayside 1, 2, 3.

Forty seven pupils rose to the challenge and two winners were chosen. Aaron Neave and Caitlin Kerr from Strathmore Primary School each received a three-month B Active membership allowing free access to Angus Council leisure centres.

During March, the POST team, along with Active Schools co-ordinators, visited primary schools across Angus and Perth & Kinross to highlight the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. The team delivered six weekly workshops to the pupils at Strathmore and Woodlands Primary Schools and, at the end of the programme, asked the children to get creative and take part in the logo competition.

The Fun Fit Tayside 1, 2, 3 sessions focus on key health and wellbeing messages which are “It’s easy as 1, 2, 3”: Be active for at least one hour a day, limit time spent in front of the TV or computer to no more than two hours per day and eat three healthy, balanced meals per day.

Children were also told about the different types of foods in the five main food groups and how to have healthy snacks in between meals. Among the activities for the pupils to take part in were physical activity and body mapping sessions, as well as a workshop run by parents, which included a ‘taste & try’ food session.

POST is a specialist weight management service for children and young people across Tayside which aims to support children and young people between two and 15 years old, as well as their families, to manage their weight.

With one in five children in Tayside classed as obese by the time they start primary school, NHS Tayside recognises the importance of working with the whole family to help children and young people adopt healthier lifestyles.

For further information please contact the POST team at Perth Royal Infirmary on (01738) 473784 or email post.tayside@nhs.net