Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014

Chatsworth MP Steve Minnikin visits Carina State School

Chatsworth MP Steve Minnikin visited Carina State School on 26 June 2014 to show his support for Life Education’s health education program being delivered to a composite Year 3/4 class regarding nutrition, the local environment and health issues. Mr Minnikin was presented with a plaque of appreciation from Life Education Queensland.

“Life Education’s program educates our young people to make healthier and safer choices,” said Mr Minnikin. “Life Education is an opportunity that every Queensland child deserves. Through education, we can prevent undesirable outcomes and help our kids to fulfil their potential.”

Mr Minnikin enjoyed the Harold’s Heroes module of the program, run by specialist educator Lisa Barber, in the popular Life Education mobile learning centre featuring its mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe.

The Harold’s Heroes module teaches children about:

  • Healthy food choices
  • How to recognise safe and unsafe behaviours
  • The effects of second hand smoke on the body
  • Awareness of the safe use and storage of medicines

Life Education Queensland CEO Michael Fawsitt presented Mr Minnikin with a plaque featuring examples of drawings from children who have participated in the Life Education program.

“Life Education aims to see a generation of healthy young Australians living to their full potential,” Mr Fawsitt said. “We are very fortunate to have the support of Chatsworth MP Steve Minnikin and many members of parliament across the state.

“Our partnership with Queensland Health has enabled Life Education to reach more schools in the Brisbane area. This year we will deliver a number of modules from our health education program to more than 14,000 students across Brisbane’s state and independent schools and early learning centres.

“We applaud the commitment of the leadership, teachers and parents at Carina State School to promote healthy living. We also commend the students for embracing the program wholeheartedly today.”

Alan Rowell, Carina State School’s Principal said, “Life Education benefits our students by empowering them to make healthier, safer decisions. Health education requires a combined effort from parents, teachers and the whole community.

“The support from Life Education in delivering health and wellbeing education is invaluable. Life Education now also provides handy tips for parents who want to help their children make informed decisions.”

Life Education will deliver a number of modules from its program over two weeks to Carina State School students from Prep all the way through to Year 7, which are sequential and age appropriate. Topics range from nutrition, the benefits of physical activity, staying safe online, the health impacts of smoking and alcohol, as well as strategies to cope with peer and social pressures. 

For more information about this story, please contact Marketing & PR Manager 
Amanda Brown - 07 5572 0166 | abrown@lifeeducation.org.au

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