Monday, 24 Nov 2014

Life Education celebrates return to Mackay

Life Education’s health education program re-commenced in Mackay at the beginning of 2014, thanks to the support of Queensland Health.

Life Education Queensland’s CEO Michael Fawsitt presented Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan with a plaque of appreciation at an event at Glenella State School on 14 November.

Michael Fawsitt, CEO of Life Education Queensland, said, “Thanks to our partnership with the Queensland government, we have been able to deliver the Life Education program to nearly 10,000 children in the Mackay region this year – which is a fantastic achievement and will have a positive impact on the community as a whole.

“We are looking forward to building on this solid foundation in the coming years as we reach even more students to educate them to make healthy and safe choices.”

Life Education Queensland returned to Mackay in 2014 to improve the health and wellbeing of residents through educating children in the region about healthy habits, to ultimately empower them to make more informed choices as adults. An educator was employed to work exclusively with schools in the region to provide a comprehensive health education program, specifically designed in line with the new Australian curriculum.

The Mackay initiative has been hugely successful, with 97 per cent of schools visited to date indicating they would conduct further health education activities with students following the Life Education visit, and 98 percent of teachers recommending the school book the program again.

Life Education believes ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and works in a unique partnership with parents and teachers to reinforce learning about healthy food choices, the benefits of physical activity, staying safe online, the dangers of smoking, alcohol and illegal drugs, and strategies to cope with peer and social pressures.

Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan said, “I am really pleased to see Life Education once again delivering its program in the Mackay - Whitsunday region. There is a significant need in our schools for education on the topics of health and safety covered by the Life Education modules around nutrition, smoking, alcohol and personal safety.

“It’s fantastic that the young people of the Mackay - Whitsunday region have access again to this well regarded national program which benefits our children and empowers them to make healthier, safer decisions.”

Glenella State School is the 36th school in the region to host the Life Education program, with 159 students participating in the program over the week. Students took part in a healthy food relay which challenged them to identify healthier food choices as part of a fun, interactive program.

Cliff Powys, Principal of Glenella State School, said, “I am delighted that Life Education has returned to Mackay. Every Queensland student deserves the opportunity to experience Life Education’s memorable program, learn how to be safe and healthy, and of course meet Healthy Harold the giraffe!

“Life Education fits our school philosophy really well, alongside our other health-focused programs including Active After School and Breakfast Top Up.

“Life Education is a valuable 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, and post-visit resources available online.”

Families in the Mackay community can access information and tips to make healthy changes by visiting the Parents section of the Life Education website

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