A new website promoting healthy living for children in Lanarkshire has been launched.
Healthy Schools is an online resource for teachers and health practitioners who help support the health and wellbeing of nursery and primary-aged children in school and in the community.
The site was developed by Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership.
The Healthy Schools approach has two main elements - to support health education within the Scottish curriculum and to support families to engage with community-based health and wellbeing services.
The schools element supports pupils’ health and wellbeing by giving teachers a framework to plan, monitor and evaluate health and wellbeing education.
Jill Woodward, Head Teacher at Orchard Primary School and Nursery Class in North Lanarkshire, says the resource supports teachers planning for Health and Wellbeing: “The site is very comprehensive covering all stages of learning in Health and well being. It provides teachers with a great planning tool while allowing for personalisation to meet the needs of the class and pupils, supporting the GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) indicators of wellbeing in a meaningful context of appropriate learning.”
The community aspect provides a focal point for a range of partners who deliver a broad range of after-school or community-based health and wellbeing services. They can engage with schools and each other to align their services with the curriculum. The goal is to enable a consistent and joined-up approach to supporting children and families to live longer, healthier lives.
Gabe Docherty, Health Promotion Manager for NHS Lanarkshire, said: “Healthy Schools is an innovative initiative that enables everyone involved in promoting health and wellbeing in Lanarkshire to channel our efforts towards achieving the same goal with greater impact. As a result, young people in Lanarkshire will have the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to lead healthier, more active lives.”
Healthy Schools’ effectiveness will be independently assessed by PhD students from the University of the West of Scotland, as part of a partnership initiative.
In addition, Lanarkshire’s Health Promotion Library has been re-launched with a new online ordering system. The library lends a wide range of free health materials, including books, leaflets, teaching kits, displays, models, games, DVDs and equipment, to anyone living or working in Lanarkshire, including individual, community groups and businesses.
Visit www.hpac.nhs.uk for the library and www.healthyschools.scot for Healthy Schools.