Pine Rivers MP Supports Health Education at Strathpine State School

05/09/2014

Children from schools throughout the Moreton Bay region have access to more health and drug education, thanks to a funding agreement between the State Government and Life Education Queensland.

Today Pine Rivers MP Seath Holswich attended Strathpine State School to show his support for Life Education’s health education program being delivered to a Year 4 class regarding nutrition, friendships and medicine.

Mr Holswich was presented with a plaque of appreciation from Life Education Queensland, and spoke of the importance of health education, particularly around nutrition.

“The statistics regarding childhood obesity in Australia are concerning,” said Mr Holswich. “A recent survey* by Deakin University of 4,000 children aged between 4 and 10 shows the strongest link yet between the consumption of sugary drinks and fatty foods, and growing rates of child obesity. Approximately one-third of children in the study were overweight or obese.

“It’s so important that parents at home reinforce the messages delivered by Life Education,” said Mr Holswich. “Every day parents and children are bombarded with advertising messages that influence our food choices. Combine that with our hectic lifestyle and the prevalence of fast food, and it’s no surprise that we’re facing a major obesity problem.

“I have three kids and I love cooking. Involving children in cooking and preparing meals is a great way for them to have fun and to learn about healthy eating.”

Mr Holswich enjoyed the Harold’s Diary module of the program, run by specialist educator Brigette Cavanagh, in the popular Life Education mobile learning centre featuring its mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe.

The Harold’s Diary module teaches children about:

- Healthy food choices

- The benefits of an active lifestyle

- The importance of friendships

- Strategies to manage peer pressure and bullying

- The safe use of medicine

Michael Fawsitt, CEO, Life Education Queensland, presented Mr Holswich with a plaque featuring examples of drawings from children who have participated in the Life Education program. The plaque acknowledges Mr Holswich as an ambassador for Life Education.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of Pine Rivers MP Seath Holswich and many members of parliament across the state,” said Mr Fawsitt.

“Our partnership with Queensland Health has enabled Life Education to reach more schools in the Moreton Bay area. This year we will deliver a number of modules from our health education program to around 8,600 students across Moreton Bay’s state and independent schools, and early learning centres.”

Mr Holswich said, “I am delighted to receive this acknowledgement from Life Education and support such an important program. Through education, we can prevent undesirable outcomes and help our kids to achieve their potential.”

Leisa Wood, Strathpine State School’s Principal said, “Strathpine State School values the partnership that exists between home and school, so we work together with families to provide an education that prepares students for the future they will create.

“In the same way, Life Education works in a unique partnership with parents and schools to ensure students are equipped to fulfil their potential. Our students benefit by being able to make informed choices regarding their health and safety.

“Life Education’s program is developed with learning outcomes that link to the new Australian curriculum for Health and Physical Education. Life Education now also provides handy tips online for parents who want to help their kids be safe and healthy.”

Life Education will deliver a number of modules from its program over six days to Strathpine State School students from Prep all the way through to Year 7.

The topics are sequential and age-appropriate. They range from nutrition, the benefits of physical activity, staying safe online, the health impacts of smoking and alcohol, and strategies to cope with peer and social pressures.

*http://www.deakin.edu.au/news/2014/030714childhoodobesity.php

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About Life Education

Established in 1979, Life Education is a health promotion charity and the largest non-government provider of health and drug education to children and young people. Its programs empower young people to make safer and healthier choices. Life Education delivers high quality health education programs in a fun learning style with age appropriate material covering topics that range from the importance of making healthy food choices to the dangers of cigarettes and alcohol. Recent initiatives include bCyberwise, to help children stay safe online, and Talk About It, which teaches children about puberty, relationships and identity. www.lifeeducation.org.au