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New health diaries inspire children to take action


Brunel Primary and Nursery Academy in Saltash is one of just two schools in the country trialling the new FHealthy Kids Kit Diaries from Love Our Health. The diaries form an integral part of a new 12-week education programme for primary schools that teaches children how to make healthy choices. A range of free on-line resources including class materials for teachers, information for parents and fun activities for children supports the healthy diaries. These are available atwww.loveourhealth.org.

Since January, Class 5K at Brunel Academy have used their diaries to explore a range of healthy themes including eating a balanced diet, being active and eating 5-a-day. In addition, children have completed weekly healthy challenges in return for reward stickers, and recorded progress in their diaries.

Class teacher Ben Kay said, "The Healthy Kids Kit Project has been a great resource for encouraging the children to lead a healthier lifestyle. The diary has been engaging and has been brilliant for challenging the children to think about their daily eating habits".

The diaries have received a range of positive responses from the children. Bethany said, "what I like most about the diary is that it encourages me to eat healthier", while nine-year-old Jenny felt "the diary is making me feel healthier because it is encouraging me to try new fruit and things".

The diary is also encouraging children to make healthy choices. 10-year-old Jack said, "by using my healthy diary it makes me have something healthier to eat when I go to the fridge to get something unhealthy".

Love Our Health Writer Georgina El Morshdy from Plymouth said, "Class 5K have really embraced the trial. With the support of Mr Kay, the children have worked hard and produced some fantastic work. We're really pleased that the trial has proven the diary concept works. Over the Easter holidays we'll be using parent, teacher and child feedback to hone the diary so it's ready for all schools to use from September".

Love Our Health Director Morgan Walton said, "We were concerned by the continuing growth of lifestyle diseases in the UK. We felt if we could help primary schools teach children how to make healthy choices, they could learn to avoid those bad habits which cause problems in later life".

Love Our Health will be exhibiting the Healthy Kids Kit Diaries at the NEC's Education Show this week. Both Morgan and Georgina will be available to answer questions, and schools can order their diaries for September.


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Notes to editors.

Love Our Health creates and develops educational resources to help children stay healthy. The Healthy Kids Kit and accompanying diary is a new 12-week program aimed at Key Stage 2 children. By using the Kit in school and at home, children can learn to make choices that benefit their health. What's more, the Kit links with the Key Stage 2 Science Curriculum.