Health Action Awards Recognise 10,000 Local Children

17 June 2016

Local charity Action Cancer and leading convenience brand Centra have recognised more than 10,000 schoolchildren across Northern Ireland at the annual Health Action Awards at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.   

The Awards are part of Action Cancer’s unique Health Promotion Programme, sponsored by Centra, which has delivered healthy lifestyle messages to more than 14,500 young people in schools, nurseries and colleges this academic year and over 500,000 since its launch in 2003.

Forty schools picked up accolades for their innovative approach to health education, with the highest scoring schools in each Education and Library Board region receiving cash prizes of £200. In addition, The Stewart Bryans Memorial Prize of £400 was awarded to St. Mary’s High School, Newry for demonstrating the best overall improvement this year to health education.

The schools awarded demonstrated good health promotion across various areas including providing healthy meal options, promoting healthy snacks and water and encouraging fun exercise programmes available to the school.

Action Cancer Health Promotion Manager Frances Dowds said, “Congratulations to all of the schools recognised at this year’s Health Action Awards. We are delighted to be able to recognise the great work local schools carry out to provide their pupils with health education.

It is so important for Action Cancer, with the support of Centra, to deliver our healthy lifestyle sessions and with our new-look programme we are looking forward to reaching even more schoolchildren in the new term,” she added.

Centra Brand Manager, Jennifer Morton commented; “Well done to all of the schools recognised at this year’s Health Action Awards and for their hard work throughout the year. Centra is delighted to support the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles for children across Northern Ireland and our retailers are proud to continue this long-term sponsorship of Action Cancer’s health programme and support young people within their local communities.”

More than 1,000 nurseries, schools and colleges in Northern Ireland have benefitted from the cancer prevention sessions which include information about keeping fit and active, eating well, being safe in the sun and avoiding the dangers of smoking and alcohol. The award-winning programme, supported by Centra retailers across Northern Ireland, has raised £1 million since the partnership started.