Children from National Church of England Academy in Hucknall have been learning about the importance of eating well and the benefits of physical activity, thanks to a local leisure operator and a local health service provider.
Everyone Active, who operates five leisure centres across the district in partnership with Ashfield District Council and Everyone Health, a local service that offers support for people looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, joined forces to deliver assemblies at the secondary academy on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week.
Everyone Health colleagues, Adam Lever and Jessica Slater delivered a presentation to highlight the hidden sugars in food and drink, as well as what makes up a balanced meal. Jessica also got kids moving to show the benefits of physical activity.
Health coach, Jessica asked a handful of volunteers to skip using a skipping rope for one minute, and then asked them how they felt. Children said that they felt more awake, and alert.
Everyone Active’s assistant manager, Charlotte Buswell-Marsh and sales manager, Carl Fairbrother spoke to children about the benefits of physical activity and gave advice on how they can ensure that they are getting the governments recommended 60 minutes of exercise each day.
Everyone Health offers an inclusive service for families. This Change Point Service offers dietary advice and exercise sessions to children aged seven – 11 and their families to help them maintain a healthy weight and improve their wellbeing. The sessions run by Everyone Health’s specially trained staff, are fun and interactive and are available across Nottinghamshire.
Everyone Health works of behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council to help people in the community improve their health and wellbeing by delivering free support and lifestyle services. It supports children, young people and adults across Nottinghamshire to make informed decisions about food and exercise, with the ultimate aim of helping them lead healthier lifestyles.
Jessica Slater, health coach at Everyone Health, said: “I am delighted that we were able to speak to students at National Church of England Academy about how important it is to eat a well-balanced diet, and the fantastic benefits of physical activity. We are dedicated to providing an inclusive and supportive service that offers people the education they need to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle and I hope that students enjoyed the assemblies.”
Martyn Jobling, principal at National Church of England Academy said: “At the academy, together with their academic students, we educate students on their own personal development, including making good lifestyle choices. These assemblies have emphasised to our children the importance of regular exercise and how to make appropriate food and drink choices for the benefit of their health.”
Charlotte Buswell-Marsh, assistant manager at Hucknall Leisure Centre said: “We are dedicated to offering an extensive range of activities for everyone in the community to feel benefits of physical activity. I hope students will enjoy their free seven-day guest pass to our leisure centres and they will have the opportunity to make a splash in our swimming pool or play football in our sports hall in a bid to becoming more active.”