- To promote health equality by targeting the discrepancy in lower SES and health outcomes
- To empower young people to make healthy decisions
- Education about diet, exercise and balance
- To help them to develop skills to enable them to be healthy
- To promote positive mental health and wellbeing
- To promote healthy social relationships
- To provide the opportunity for students to develop as teachers
- To promote doctors and health care professionals as positive role models to contribute to widening participation
An Apple A Day Work Book
In our sessions we have always had to print out worksheets and resources before the class or use the students PSHE textbooks. This meant the pupils had no way of keeping track of these resources and using them at home, for example to cook a meal or tips when on a family shop.
We decided we wanted to change that, so we have created a workbook that contains most of the activities and work sheets needed for the class. There is also lots of useful tips and recipes in there for the students.
So far we trialed them in a class with great results! They have helped the class run smoother and we’re all really happy we with how they turned out. Check out the work books below:
The new delivery arrives! Whats in the box??
AAAD is a student led, healthy lifestyles teaching program, running in the universities local secondary school: BACA.
The AAAD project is rooted in socioeconomics, with the aim to assist efforts combating health inequalities associated with the challenges of the local area. This piece written by Dr Amaran Cumarasamy, one of the founding members is a useful introduction to the initiative:
The programme involves six classroom sessions built into the school’s Year 7 PSHE schedule. Our mini-curriculum centres on core government and council health messages such as balance, moderation and limiting sugary drink intake. Beyond this, there is a deliberate focus on bringing the conversation to young people in a fun and interactive way, offering fruits they may not have tried before and practical takeaways like understanding food labels and recipe-planning to empower pupils to make healthy choices where possible.
We use student mentors to teach the sessions; so far these have been solely recruited from the medical school, but – excitingly – this is the first year we have recruited student mentors from other life science courses and we are looking forward to them joining the program from September!