Monday, 04 Aug 2014

MP Trevor Ruthenberg supports health education at Kurwongbah State School

Kallangur MP Trevor Ruthenberg attended Kurwongbah State School on 28 July 2014 to show his support for Life Education’s health education program being delivered to the school regarding how to stay healthy and safe. Mr Ruthenberg was presented with a plaque of appreciation from Life Education Queensland.

“I am pleased to receive this acknowledgement from Life Education and support the program which educates young people to make choices for a healthy and safe life,” said Mr Ruthenberg. “Life Education works in a unique partnership with parents and schools to ensure students are equipped to fulfil their potential. Life Education now also provides handy tips online for parents who want to help their kids make informed decisions.”

Mr Ruthenberg enjoyed the Clued Up module of the program, run by specialist educator Brigette Cavanagh, delivered to a Year 1 class in the popular Life Education mobile learning centre featuring its mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe.

The Clued Up module teaches children about:

  • Awareness of the basic needs to stay healthy and safe 
  • Identifying safe and unsafe behaviours and environments 
  • Knowledge of safe people and places to turn for help 
  • How to help others 
  • Exploring healthy food options

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

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

“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 more than 8,600 students across Moreton Bay’s state and independent schools, and early learning centres."

Craig Waldron, Kurwongbah State School’s Deputy Principal said, “Life Education benefits our students by empowering them to make decisions for a healthy and safe life. Life Education is a fantastic resource for schools because the program is specifically developed in line with the national curriculum. They offer ongoing support for teachers by providing additional resources including teacher manuals and student workbooks.” 

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

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

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