Has your school got The Fit Factor?

Primary schools across the borough can now enrol for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland's free Primary Schools Health Education Package (SHEP) that works to lower our children's future risk of cancer and other serious health conditions.
Primary schools across the borough can now enrol for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland's free Primary Schools Health Education Package (SHEP) that works to lower our children's future risk of cancer and other serious health conditions.
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Cancer Focus Northern Ireland has teamed up with Lidl NI once again to offer Coleraine schools the chance to win £4,000 by taking part in the FREE Lidl Fit Factor programme and improving children’s health through active play for P3 and P4 classes.

Covering elements of the KS1 curriculum, the Lidl Fit Factor aims to teach children the importance of a healthy lifestyle – how eating healthier, exercising regularly and looking after ourselves today can seriously reduce long term health problems tomorrow.

Niamh McDaid, Cancer Prevention Officer at Cancer Focus NI said: “The programme is free and straightforward. The children simply have to design an exciting poster highlighting ways to be healthy. It can focus on healthy foods, food labels, physical activity and lifestyles and the more creative, the better!

“Nowadays we’re very aware of how poor nutrition and lack of physical activity can lead to obesity, a greater risk of cancers and other serious health conditions. The good news, however, is that nearly 50% of all cancer deaths could be prevented by improved nutrition and regular exercise.

“With almost 20% of children in Northern Ireland classed as overweight before they start primary school1, it’s clearly a problem that needs to be addressed. We believe that the Lidl Fit Factor programme prompts pupils to think about healthy lifestyle choices and hopefully carry these choices with them throughout their lives.”

Sinead Flynn, Corporate Social Responsibility Assistant, Lidl NI added: “The Lidl Fit Factor is now celebrating its 10th year and has more schools participating than ever before. It’s a fantastic resource for teachers offering great ideas, fun activities and educational games to help children learn about healthy living.”

To enter, all you need to do, is follow these three simple steps:

1. Register now for free and receive your Fit Factor booklet in April

2. Submit your class’s masterpiece in May

3. A local celebrity and artist will judge the winner in June

To register please contact Joanna Porter (smokebusters@cancerfocusni.org) or phone 028 9068 0735 for more information.