Healthy viewing leads to healthy living

25th October 1996 at 01:00
HEALTHY LIVING is the subject of a 12-minute video produced by a Montrose GP that can also be used in schools. Eating for Life, created by Alan Begg, was funded by a Pounds 15,000 grant from a pharmaceuticals company to SHARP, a heart charity.

Mothers are advised to provide a lunchbox of healthy but enticing alternatives. Breakfast television presenter Lorraine Kelly, on the video, says: "You are not providing their lunch. You are providing for their future. "

The video has been used in a local primary school and forms part of a home economics course for second-year pupils at Montrose Academy and Brechin High. With hoped-for National Lottery funds, it could be made available nationwide, along with a teaching pack to be developed at Brechin. Dr Begg's surgery also wants to encourage secondary pupils to attend sessions run by a health visitor and a nurse to discuss lifestyles.

IN DUNDEE, a medical practice has published Check it Out, an eight-page magazine on teenage health. With Pounds 25,000 in grants from the Scottish Office and Tayside Health Board, it was written by the Dr Wendy Glass after consulting pupils at Kirkton High, where it is used in social education classes.

Using first-hand accounts, question-and-answer features and problem pages, it covers sex education and contraception, alcohol, smoking, drugs, exercise, oral hygiene and skin and hair care.

Eating for Life is available from SHARP at NinewellsHospital, Dundee (01382 660111).

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