Chelmsford City Council is offering a ‘Bodycare’ health promotion scheme for school children that will improve their diet, keep them fit and teach them how to stay healthy for life.
Bodycare courses are five-week long programmes which are linked to the National Curriculum and encourage children to be more active away from the school environment. The programme also teaches youngsters the importance of a balanced diet. Children are also taught the benefits of exercise and how it affects their bodies, as well as improving their concentration and coordination skills. The courses are undertaken in small groups and led by an experienced health trainer.
Each ‘Bodycare’ session is 45 minutes long and children receive ‘fit ticks’ in their work book for exercise that they undertake outside of school. These ‘fit ticks’ are rewarded with vouchers for a range of clubs and activity sessions that run in the local community.
Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Julia Jeapes, is passionate about improving the city’s health and fitness. She says: “The ‘Bodycare’ programme is very important as it gives children an enthusiasm for exercise. They also pick up a lot of knowledge about diet that they will take with them throughout their lives.”
Kim Chinery, teacher at Danbury Park Community Primary School, said: “My class receive Key Stage 2 ‘Bodycare’ and the sessions are great fun and support the children being more active outside of school.”
Sophie Worth, teacher at Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School, Chelmsford, adds: “Our year two and year five children love collecting their ‘fit ticks’ and this enthusiasm for exercise and diet education will have long-term health benefits way beyond their school years.”
For year nine pupils, ‘Teen Bodycare’ courses are designed to stop young people dropping out of exercise and to bust the myths and give non-gimmicky advice about diet and exercise.
To discover more, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/bodycare