Tuesday, 08 Nov 2016

Local support vital for healthy kids

Broken Hill community groups and council are rallying behind local schools to support vital health and drug education for kids.

Broken Hill City Mayor, Darriea Turley, Life Education NSW's Chris Planer, Broken Hill Foundation Manager, Kimberly Fell, and Educator Emma Howarth at Morgan Street public School, Broken Hill.

The Broken Hill Foundation, Broken Hill Democratic Club, and Broken Hill Council have donated almost $9,000 funding to Life Education NSW over the past few years towards subsidising fees and providing workbooks for students.

Life Education representative Chris Planer was in Broken Hill this week to visit a local school and meet with community supporters.

“Thanks to local support from the local community and Council, more primary school students from the region will be able to receive and enjoy the educational benefits of Healthy Harold,” Mr Planer said.

“Each year, more than a quarter of a million students across NSW in 1850 schools access Life Education’s preschool, primary and secondary health education programs, and there is scope to reach more.

“The fee subsidies will make a huge difference to the children we visit in Broken Hill this term.”

According to a 2014 report by Medicare Local Far West NSW, smoking, weight management, poor nutrition, inactivity and alcohol and other drug use are problems throughout the catchment.

Almost two thirds of adult males in the area and more than half of adult females are overweight or obese. 8.29 per cent of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes, with is above the national average of 5.7 per cent.

Broken Hill mayor, Darriea Turley said: “It's great to see strong community support to have Life Education NSW back in our region to reinforce the importance of good health and life choices.

“It's critical to get these positive messages to our children so they can be informed and make the right choices for their health and wellbeing as they grow up.”