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Awards ceremony for Healthy Schools Programme

Awards ceremony for Healthy Schools Programme

Schools which have gone above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of their pupils have been recognised at a special event this week.   Sixteen primary and secondary schools recently completed the Wiltshire Council run Healthy Schools Programme and were invited to a ceremony at County Hall to collect a special award marking their achievements.   The programme recognises schools which have worked on prevention and education as well as targeted interventions and treatment. Schools can opt to take bronze, silver or gold to achieve the healthy schools status. To be accredited schools need to meet certain standards based on local and national priorities.   Coombe Bissett Primary School achieved silver status after a number of successful activities including reducing the consumption of fizzy drinks or those with added sugar, to zero over a two year period.   Alison Macaulay, Personal, Social and Health Education leader at the school explained: “During one of our school’s annual Healthy Food Weeks the teachers planned classroom activities where the children used sugar cubes to represent the added sugar content of different drinks and quickly saw how much hidden sugar there was in some drinks.  Our parents also became very engaged in this initiative and since we have completed the work we have seen a real change in both the children’s knowledge of hidden sugars and the drinks the children now have in their lunch boxes.  We are very proud to have been awarded the silver level, which is the reward for all the hard work that has been completed by all the members of our school community.” Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services said: “Our schools have a very important influence on our children’s lives and I applaud these schools which have gone the extra mile to ensure healthy lifestyles are encouraged.   “Congratulations to all the schools which have taken part and have achieved these awards.”   Forty seven schools have current Wiltshire Healthy Schools status at bronze, silver or gold level. An additional 58 schools are currently taking part to achieve the status with more due to join in 2017.   Schools receiving the award this time include Westbury Junior School where 86 percent of children now walk to school and Manor Fields Primary School where pupils making healthy choices at lunch time are given a golden ticket and celebrated in assembly.   The group granting the awards is multi agency including the police, school representatives, Wiltshire & Swindon Sports Partnership. The council and agencies support the schools as they work towards the standards.   The local programme provides consistent messages for schools, and information on key actions that can be taken as well as support and training. The progress of schools is monitored and how it is positively impacting on the young people.   Further information about Wiltshire Council’s Healthy Schools programme can be found at http://www.wiltshirehealthyschools.org/about/


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