Monday, 04 Aug 2014

Stretton MP Freya Ostapovitch supports health education at Eight Mile Plains State School

Stretton MP Freya Ostapovitch attended Eight Mile Plains State School on 28 July 2014 to show her support for Life Education’s health education program being delivered to the school regarding the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the process of making informed decisions. Ms Ostapovitch was presented with a plaque of appreciation from Life Education Queensland.

“I am delighted to receive this acknowledgement from Life Education and support the program which educates young people so they can make informed choices about their health and safety,” said Ms Ostapovitch. “Life Education works in a unique partnership with parents and schools to ensure students are equipped to fulfil their potential.”

Ms Ostapovitch enjoyed the It’s Your Call module of the program delivered to a composite Year 6/7 class in the popular Life Education mobile learning centre featuring its mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe.

It’s Your Call focuses on improving students’ decision making skills by looking at choices, consequences, responsibility, facts, information and influences. The module covers:

  • Exploring the decision making process
  • Safe and appropriate use of communication technology
  • The short and long term consequences of a range of legal drugs
  • Factors that influence decisions such as friends, family, media and laws

Michael Fawsitt, CEO, Life Education Queensland, presented Ms Ostapovitch with a plaque featuring examples of drawings from children who have participated in the Life Education program. The plaque acknowledges Ms Ostapovitch 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 Stretton MP Freya Ostapovitch 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 around 14,000 students across Brisbane’s state and independent schools, and early learning centres.”

Lee Ingram, Eight Mile Plains State School’s Principal said, “We provide our students with foundations for life-long learning and the pursuit of excellence. Life Education benefits our students by empowering them to make decisions for a healthy and safe life, so they can achieve their potential.

“Life Education is a fantastic resource for schools because the program is specifically developed in line with the national curriculum.”

Life Education will deliver a number of modules from its program over three days to Eight Mile Plains 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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