DoH Healthy Schools programme expanded
Date: 18/09/2009 / Category: Indoor play for disability schools and groups
The Department of Health (DoH) has expanded its Healthy Schools programme so that it can work more closely with local authorities.
Schools qualify for the scheme if they meet set criteria, including healthy eating, emotional health and physical activity requirements, such as indoor play centre activities.
The themes affect all aspects of school life and also include extra-curricular activities, such as organised kids' play trips.
Children's minister Delyth Morgan explained that over three-quarters of schools are currently delivering the Healthy Schools programme.
She said: "We want to be sure that young people are equipped with the knowledge and skills to make safe and healthy choices.
"Along with healthy school meals, a minimum of two hours of PE [physical education] per week in the curriculum ... I hope that more children will be supported to achieve their potential and lead happy and healthy lives."
The expansion of the scheme comes after research by French scientists, published in the Nutrition journal, found that melons can help to improve behavioural problems linked to fatigue.