Heroes and genies promote healthy bodies and minds

Posted by mjs76 at Oct 05, 2011 02:35 PM |
University's genetics centre helps teenagers learn about healthy living.
Heroes and genies promote healthy bodies and minds

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The GENIE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in our Department of Genetics has run another successful outreach event for schools. The ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ event was a collaboration between two University departments: GENIE’s Health Education Reaching Out (HERO) team and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health team at the Greenwood Institute of Child Health, which is part of our Department of Psychology.

Two hundred 13-14 year olds (and their teachers) from five schools in the region had the chance to discover more about all-round healthy living through HERO’s Healthy Body Lab and the Mental Health team’s workshop. In the Healthy Body Lab students (and teachers!) took part in a range of fun, hands-on activities that helped them to think about their own eating and activity habits. To complete the picture the Mental Health workshop helped students explore what mental health is (not just mental illness!) and steps they can take to stay mentally healthy.

The day was a fun and informative university experience for the students but also forms part of HERO’s research into health education outreach funded by NIHR CLAHRC-LNR (the National Institute of Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland).

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