Life Education Queensland CEO Michael Fawsitt recently joined Healthy Harold at a healthy food relay at Gladstone South State School. Two teams of students battled it out to choose the healthiest basket of food from a range of items that were purchased locally (with a few donated by Coles).
The event celebrated the ongoing partnership between Life Education Queensland and Bupa, who is the major sponsor in the Gladstone area, where Life Education has reached 4,500 children in the past year.
Bupa’s State Manager for Queensland, Chris Smedley said, “The response from students, parents and teachers to the Life Education program has been extremely positive. We are proud to continue our support of Life Education to improve the health and wellbeing of the Gladstone community.
Michael Fawsitt said it is more important than ever to reinforce healthy eating behaviour in schools.
"Kids are being bombarded with advertising and we have to balance that," he said. He said smoking and obesity rates were high in Gladstone and the program aimed to teach kids about eating well and leading a healthy life.
"Those rates are higher in low socio-economic communities, but also in mining towns where there is more disposable income," he said.
Principal Kurt Goodwin said while his students were pretty healthy there was always room to improve. He said it could be hard on parents when there was so much fast food advertising and kids did not understand healthy eating.
"My daughter goes to school with a healthy lunchbox, but she still asks to eat fast food." He said fast food tasted great to kids and he understood why they craved it. "There is so much fast food promotion that it is always a fight to teach them why eating well is important."
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