School has tools for healthy life

Teacher Catherine Ogden, healthy schools co-ordinator Trevor Harris and children at St Joseph's Primary School, Todmorden, with their Healthy School Toolkit Award

Teacher Catherine Ogden, healthy schools co-ordinator Trevor Harris and children at St Joseph's Primary School, Todmorden, with their Healthy School Toolkit Award

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A Todmorden primary school is among the first ten in Calderdale to achieve the new Healthy School Toolkit Award.

St Joseph’s Primary School was presented with the award by healthy schools co-ordinator Trevor Harris during a special assembly last week.

The aim of the Healthy School Toolkit project is to increase physical activity opportunities in schools.

St Joseph’s was successful in receiving an Awards for All grant and has installed multi-sports, football and netball equipment in its playground.

All the key stage two children have taken part in the Mission Active Future project run by Eureka.

Headteacher Maria Cooper said: “Our aim was to use the least intrusive approach necessary to achieve a healthy school and community by education about healthy food choices, fun, games, problem solving and activity after school and in class to give people better chances in life.”

Mrs Cooper said the children can be seen to be improving their health, well-being and social skills, as well as raising their aspirations through the improved activities that they are undertaking.

“When children are encouraged from a young age to take part in a healthy lifestyle which includes regular activity, it opens up new doors and often leads to them improving their chances in life,” she said.