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Pupils can be leaders in their communities

19 March, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will be attending a celebration of Conservation Volunteers and the Southern Health and Social Care Trust ‘DIG IT & EAT IT!’ project tomorrow, Friday 20th March at Presentation Primary School, Portadown.     Pupils from Presentation Primary School, along with St John’s Primary School in Coalisland and St Patrick’s Primary School in Newry have been learning about healthy eating, care of the environment and outdoor physical activity. Pupils created a school food garden in each of their schools, and tomorrow Ms de Brun will help plant two apple trees as part of the celebration.   Speaking ahead of the event Ms de Brún said:     “Making the connection between healthy eating, outdoor activity, and tackling climate change can help our children make choices about what food they want to eat and also the importance of caring for the wider environment.     “This project is exactly the type of initiative I wanted to see flourish when we brought forward the Investing for Health Strategy. Supporting young people to get active and to learn about food and the environment makes it much more likely that they will make good choices for the rest of their lives.   “Pupils can be leaders in their local communities and can show how our lifestyles can affect our health and our environment. We can make a difference and we can tackle issues such as obesity and climate change if we all work together.” ENDS   Note to Editors     The project was co-ordinated by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, and funded by the Southern Health Board and the Southern Investing for Health Partnership, as an innovative approach to preventing the increase in levels of childhood obesity.     The project was co-delivered by Conservation Volunteers and the SHSCT Dietetic service, delivered through a six week programme of gardening sessions and classroom based healthy eating advice. It also gave the teachers an opportunity to introduce topics such as climate change and lifestyle choices.

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