Gaelscoil Mhainistir Na Corann Students Have A Healthy Outlook

By Seamus Whelehan

Students of Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann celebrating after receiving their Healthy School flag last Friday 22 September.

Modern living throws many curve balls when it comes to providing a healthy lifestyle for both ourselves and our children.
A recent study has found that 1 in 4 Irish children are overweight.
The national health check carried out by safe foods Ireland found that 54 per cent of parents of overweight children, and 20 per cent of parents of obese children, didn’t realise that their children were not at a healthy weight:
While parents have control over their child’s diet, many of the factors influencing obesity are beyond their control.
While the age old adage says it takes a village to raise a child, the HSE in association with the Department of Health contend it takes a village to raise a healthy child.
Through the Healthy Ireland, ‘healthy Schools’ initiative our national school students are being encouraged to live active healthy lives.
The government’s most wide ranging initiative yet is aimed at improving the health of the nation.
Last Friday 22 September, as the country prepared to celebrate culture night 2017, Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann were celebrating a culture change.
One which focuses on putting health and wellbeing at the heart of everyone’s lives.
The national school are the latest faculty to receive the Healthy Ireland, ‘Health Promoting School’s Flag’, recognition of their effort in improving the health of their school community.
Students, staff, parents and guardians have worked on priority health areas with the help of LAYA healthcare’s ‘super trooper’ programme, for the past 2 school years.
Through the Super Trooper programme supported by Super Valu the students learn healthy habits from an early age so they can bring them into adult life.
Muinteoir Sibeal, coordinator of the Healthy Schools programme at Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann said fifth and sixth class pupils help reinforce the positive health message amongst the student body.
“The fifth and sixth class children on the healthy eating committee reward rosettes to the classes that have healthy lunches in their lunch boxes.”
Margaret Crowley from the HSE Health Promotion department says “European research has shown many benefits of this type of whole school approach to health. Chief among these benefits are increased self-esteem, safer and cleaner school environments, lowered incidences of bullying, a positive approach to health issues, increased parent involvement and better student/teacher relationships to name a few.”