This initiative was based around identifying key areas of health which needed improving within the school community.
Through staff, parent and student surveys the following themes were identified:
1: Physical Activity- a % of students do NO activity outside of P.E. Also, too much screen time at home- we are aiming to make students interested in physical activity outside of school rather than playing computer games etc.
2: Healthy Eating- Students overeat sugary foods and drinks. Students would not pick the healthy option if it was not the only option- we aim to change the student’s preferences and choices.
3: Mindfulness- There are students who do not feel ‘happy or safe’ at school. Also too much screen time and a need to have more thinking time and integration with others.
To find out more about the Health Promoting Schools (HPS) Programme visit https://www.healthpromotion.ie/health/schools