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On Thursday 6th April, children at Heronswood Primary School immersed themselves in a day of valuable and interesting activities, in order to promote their Healthy Living Day. 

Throughout the day, children from Pre-School up to Year Six enjoyed a variety of activities aimed at promoting both their physical and mental well-being. 

 

Fitness circuits were a particular favourite with the children, who energetically threw themselves into a whole host of heart pumping exercises to the latest pop tunes.  In an exact contrast; yoga and the art and craft activities were very quiet and peaceful but also very popular with children.  The children were able to see the immediate meditative and calming effect the quiet activities had on their mental well-being.    

 

Groups of children were also given the opportunity to join a Relax Kids session led by Rivers C of E Academy ‘Mindfulness Teacher’, Miss Denham.  Children were taught to use strategies to help them with relaxing their mind, strategies for coping in stressful situations and ways to use their breathing to help calm their thoughts and reduce anxiety.

 

During the day, parents and carers were invited into school to take part in a smoothie making workshop. Mrs Crockett, our Healthy Living Lead gave participants the opportunity to experiment with different healthy, yet delicious flavours.  Parents thoroughly enjoyed the experience. One parent remarked, “This workshop has made me realise that I don’t encourage my child enough to try different fruits and vegetables. From now, I’m going to experiment with smoothies to make the whole family’s diet more varied.”

 

This is the first of three events to involve children and their families in the drive to promote healthy lifestyles and increase fitness amongst the younger generation.  The next Healthy Living event at Heronswood Primary School and Pre-School sees children walking to school, instead of coming by car, from the 15th to 19th May as part of the Walk-to-School week.

 

Mrs Crockett said, “Trying new foods can be a really daunting experience for lots of children so I feel that it is really important to show parents and children that tasting can be fun.  We were delighted by the number of families who came along to the food workshops and we will definitely do more in the future because everyone took so much from them.”