Health drill, fun and food

Students of the Gordon Walters Primary School had the opportunity to learn about fitness and healthy lifestyle habits as they took part in some fun activities today.

Throughout the day the children were treated to a number of healthy food choices and games when the school held its healthy lifestyle health day activities at its St Philip location. The Class 3 and 4 students were also educated on topics such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Teacher Cherryann Layne looks on as some of the Class 2 children collect their lunch. 
Teacher Cherryann Layne looks on as some of the Class 2 children collect their lunch.

They also took part in aerobics, martial arts and video games while others enjoyed the jumping tents. But the children were not the only ones to participate in the offerings, as parents and staff received free blood pressure checks as well as information on health matters from representatives of Knights Healthy Advantage Club.

These little ones had a blast in the jumping tent  as they took  part in the health day activities.
These little ones had a blast in the jumping tent as they took part in the health day activities.

Teacher and member of the healthy lifestyle committee, Tamara Moseley, told Barbados TODAYthe day’s activities were organized to encourage the children to get involved in “healthy lifestyle, healthy foods, aerobic activities and generally any activities that would promote healthy living”.

“We have a very healthy menu going on today. We are showing children that you can have several healthy alternatives instead of just the packaged snacks. Our fruit salads sold out,” she said.

“We are encouraging healthy lifestyles, making sure that we have a healthier population as the children grow older. And we are helping them to make smart choices.”

She said while the programme was not the first, there was a plan to make it into an annual event.

A parent getting her blood pressure checked by one  of the Knights Advantage Health Club representatives.
A parent getting her blood pressure checked by one of the Knights Advantage Health Club representatives.

“It is also a fundraising activity. We are trying to get some money for the school in general but also for graduation. So that is the other focus apart from it being to encourage children to be healthier,” Moseley added.

About 279 students attend the Gordon Walters Primary Schooland and about 40 of them are expected to graduate this year.

 

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