LOCAL charity Action Cancer and leading convenience brand Centra has recognised thousands of school children across Northern Ireland at the annual Health Action Awards at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.
The Awards are part of Action Cancer’s unique Health Promotion Programme, sponsored by Centra, as part of the brand’s ‘Live Well’ initiative. Now in its 15th year, the series has delivered healthy lifestyle messages to more than 11,000 young people in schools, nurseries and colleges this academic year and over 500,000 since its launch in 2003.
This year, 50 schools from across Northern Ireland picked up awards for their innovative approach to health education, with the highest scoring schools in each Education and Library Board region receiving cash prizes of £200 for school equipment. In addition, The Stewart Bryans Memorial Prize of £400 was awarded to Saint Pius X College, Magherafelt for demonstrating the best overall improvement this year to health education.
The schools awarded demonstrated good health promotion across various areas including providing healthy meal options in their cafeteria, promoting healthy snacks and water, encouraging extra-curricular exercise programmes and running cancer awareness initiatives.
Action Cancer Health Promotion Officer Amy Thompson said: “Our congratulations go to all of the schools recognised at this year’s Health Action Awards. We are delighted to be able to recognise the great work local schools carry out to provide their pupils with health education.
“It is so important for Action Cancer, with the support of Centra, to deliver our healthy lifestyle sessions and with our new-look programme we are looking forward to continuing to reach even more schoolchildren in the new term.”
Desi Derby, marketing manager for Musgrave said: “Through our partnership with Action Cancer, we are proud to support the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles for children across Northern Ireland. The ethos Health Action is the perfect fit with the Centra Live Well programme, which is helping our customers to make better and healthier choices.
“Centra retailers are proud to continue this long-term sponsorship of Action Cancer’s health programme and to support young people within their local communities. We would like to congratulate all of the schools recognised at this year’s Health Action Awards and for their commitment and dedication to helping children lead healthy lifestyles.”
Throughout the partnership, more than 1,000 nurseries, schools and colleges in Northern Ireland have benefitted from the cancer prevention sessions, which includes information about keeping fit and active, eating well, being safe in the sun and avoiding the dangers of smoking and alcohol. The award-winning programme, has benefited from £1million support from Centra retailers across Northern Ireland, which has enabled it to flourish since it started 14 years ago.
A full list of the 2017 Health Action award winners is available at www.actioncancer.org