Healthy outlook

9th September 2005 at 01:00
Over 28,000 children at 130 primary schools in North Lanarkshire have adopted a new health and fitness system for 8- to 12-year-olds.

Healthy Interactive is an IT-based learning system, developed by Hitsport, which embeds nutrition and physical activity in the curriculum.

Pupils are guided through eight learning modules to transform dietary habits, all of which culminate in quizzes and games, and an introductory eight-week fitness programme. Activity diaries and food diaries introduce a fun, competition element.

The local authority initiative has been funded through the Scottish Executive's Hungry for Success programme, which aims to improve the nutritional value of school dinners and increase access to health education and physical activity.

Michael O'Neill, the director of education at North Lanarkshire, who chaired the expert panel on school meals, says: "Introducing Healthy Interactive I will clearly make an impact on health education and physical activity but also in developing ICT skills, reading, group working skills and communication."

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