Healthy 4 Life
Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School is committed to helping our students, their families and the local community to improve their health, wellbeing and fitness. We are a specialist sports college and a partner in the Change4Life programme.
We recognise that not all of our students enjoy physical activity and through lack of information can make poor diet decisions which will have a negative effect on their wellbeing. We believe in positive action and have developed our award-winning Health (H4L) programme to challenge these patterns of behaviour.
H4L is used as an intervention to safeguard the health of our pupils and is co-ordinated by Mr Townson in our PE team.
Day to day we are also vigilant against unhealthy behaviour in all of our students and as a result have banned them from eating unhealthy snacks and drinking energy drinks in school time:
What’s involved in the Health programme?
The programme aims to raise self-esteem and confidence, and improve the body image amongst participants. Some of the activities include aerobic exercise, circuit training, toning, spinning, reading food labels, boxercise and games.
It looks to change behaviour by using fun, relatable examples and exciting, interactive learning tools.
What we eat has a real impact on our health and wellbeing. A balanced diet is the key to a healthy lifestyle so our H4L programme incorporates 'Jamie Oliver' style workshops about the fat, salt and sugar content of popular foods. This helps students quickly gain a real understanding of what 10g of fat or 15g of sugar actually looks like.
Another example of the real life learning techniques used is 'The Mars Bar Challenge.' Here we ask students to work out how long they'd have to run on the treadmill or use the cross trainer to burn off the 264 kcals found in a Mars Bar (it’s about 20 minutes on either).
We also offer H4L student and parent cookery sessions as part of the course which have been a huge success - everyone works together to cook a healthy, balanced meal from scratch.
What are the main outcomes?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is regularly taken and improvements are expected over the course of a year as participants gain an understanding of diet, nutrition and calories in an interactive and enjoyable way.
This will hopefully encourage them to make healthier choices and understand what the long term consequence of eating too much junk food has on their bodies and how much exercise is needed to burn off these harmful foods.
Progress is rewarded with trips and visits.
When are the sessions on?
Saturday mornings from 11am - 12pm.
How can I find out more?
For more information on the programme and how to get involved, please contact Mr Townson in PE via the main school reception.
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