A joint initiative between Education,
Social Services and the Health Authority is pioneering new ways of working together to
drive up standards of health amongst children and staff.
Eric Wood, County Education Officer, explains:
"The government has set targets to improve the health of the population. One of
the crucial elements vital to the success of such a campaign is educating people to accept
more healthier lifestyles. A natural starting point is the education of school children.
There is much evidence of good health practice already existing in our schools but we want
to encourage this throughout all our schools.
"The scheme will aim to cover the holistic health of all aspects of the school
including all those people who make up the community of the school. It is just as
important that our teachers are working in a healthy environment as it is for our
"A new Investors in Health Award for schools is to be created with schools all
over the country competing for Investors in Health status. Included as part of this
initiative in future are foci on healthy teachers, the development of safer travel to
school and a Cooks Academy in schools. Our schools have welcomed this initiative that will
seek to be the best we can be."
Trish Haines, Director of Social Services, added
"The Governments Our Healthier Nation green paper sets out the
aims of improving the health of everyone by increasing the length of peoples lives
and, most importantly, the number of years people spend free from illness. It also seeks
to improve the health of the worst off in society and narrow the health gap.
"This long term goal for quality of life can only be a good thing. Social Services
welcomes this initiative and will be involved in this process of developing a preventative
action strategy to promote healthier lifestyles."