Prior to Healthy Schools Week the Youth Travel Ambassadors attended the STARS event, where we learned how to speak to an audience and share ideas with other schools about what to organise for Healthy Schools Week. We took on-board all we learned and put it to good use in the assemblies we gave the following week to our fellow students. In our presentations we shared our programme of fun activities to help make our school healthier and fitter.
Some of these were:
- A sponsored bike ride to fundraise to buy more bikes for the Cycle Club – cycle/walk to school week
- Books in the library on healthy eating and physical activities
- A Healthy Options menu in the school dining hall
- YTA activities in the dining hall
- Healthy lifestyles starter activities in PE lessons.
During Healthy Schools week every day in the dining hall there were fun activities centred around healthy eating, such as a healthy eating quiz, guess the fruit, and vegan burgers and falafels to taste. I helped out in the dining hall with spreading the posters on the table to give people an idea of what is healthy what is not. There were also lunchtime activities such as the staff vs students table tennis tournament; girls only fun activities on the MUGA and a volley ball match.
Thursday was the most popular day as we were lucky enough to be loaned the smoothie bike so made delicious smoothies using just pedal power! Thursday was also Cycle to School Day when students who cycled to school were able to collect a prize draw ticket. After school a Confident Cycle training session was held and certificates were presented to all students who attended.
Friday was the highlight of a busy week when we held our sponsored cycle ride to Little Ilford Park to raise money for our cycle club. For the sponsored cycle ride I collected over £70 and I rode 27 laps (1 lap = 600m).