A Carrick-on-Suir secondary school has decided to organise an annual Health Awareness Week for its students following the success of its first such campaign.
Comeragh College ran its first ever Health Awareness Week last month and its co-ordinator Rebecca Hallahan said the healthy eating initiatives, talks and sports events were so well received by the students that the school has decided to make it an annual event.
One of the highlights of the awareness week, which ran from March 10 to 14, was a cookery demonstration celebrity chef Edward Hayden performed with first year students. The students cooked alongside Mr Hayden and completed a selection of tasty dinners including homemade burgers, pizza, chicken fajitas as well as muffins.
First year classes took part in a competition to produce the best health and fitness noticeboard display in the school. Elm Class’ display won the contest.
Diabetes Ireland Regional Development Officer Pauline Lynch gave a talk to senior students about diabetes among young people. The students presented her with a cheque donation for Diabetes Ireland’s research work.
The school also organised several exercise events including a yoga class for sixth years with Ger Houlihan and Zumba classes for fifth and third years hosted by former student Niamh Walsh.
First years were given pedometers and set the challenge of seeing how many steps they can take in a school day. That competition is ongoing with students clocking up more mileage on their pedometers in a recent hike in the Galtees. Students from all years will be given the pedometers, the clock how many steps they take in a school day.
A Mile Mission running challenge was organised for first and second years every Friday in March. Joint winners were Jake Venmeer and Lee Keane.
Students also enjoyed free healthy lunches sponsored by local businesses such as Sunnyside Cafe, SuperValu and Lidl during the Health Awareness Week.
Rebecca Hallahan paid tribute to these firms as well as MSD, Iverk Produce, Outfield Sports, the Fairgreen Store, Miloko, Abbott and Piltown Coaches for their sponsorship of the school’s Health Week.
She thanked Aoife Howe for organising the visit of chef Edward Hayden and all teachers who took time out from their busy schedules to help out at Health Awareness Week events.