Lions Celebrate Success with Healthy Schools London programme

Lions Celebrate Success with Healthy Schools London programmePromoting the Wellbeing of Young People

The excellent work of the capital’s schools to support the wellbeing of their pupils was celebrated at City Hall on 28th June 2018. As part of the Mayor of London’s Healthy Schools London programme, representatives from 130 schools visited City Hall to receive awards for their work to promote healthy eating, physical activity, emotional health and wellbeing, and personal, social and health education.

As sponsors of the initiative, Lions were invited to attend the ceremony. It was enjoyed by Lion Terry Mason, SE PR Officer, Lion David Skinner, SE Lifeskills Officer, and Teresa Nickson, MD Lifeskills Officer and Trustee of Lions Lifeskills Ltd. The celebration also welcomed headteachers and education and health leaders from award-winning schools. As well as award presentations, the ceremony included speeches from NHS doctor and TV presenter Dr Ranj Singh, Andrew Pembrooke from Teach SRE, and a number of schools across the capital which shared their best practice.

Lions Lifeskills have supported the Healthy Schools London programme for five years and have written a Healthy Eating CD for schools to use. The programme contains Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and all schools entering the Bronze level receive a resource paid for by Lions. If a school proceeds to the Silver level, then a second resource is supplied which is chosen for them by their Borough HSL Lead.

Lion David Skinner, SE Lifeskills Officer said: “Lions are delighted to support this fantastic initiative. The aim of the awards scheme is to support and recognise the importance of work in schools to promote pupil health. We are pleased to confirm that there are now 2,019 schools across the capital registered on the scheme, with 1,140 schools receiving a bronze award, 565 achieving silver and 202 reaching gold standard.

“We are most grateful to the Lions Clubs across Districts 105A and 105SE as their support for Healthy Schools London has been invaluable. As we go into the 6th year of the initiative we hope to raise even more funding to help ensure schools can continue to promote healthy living to their pupils.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m determined that London’s children have the opportunity to lead a happy and healthy life. Their wellbeing is vital to building a healthier future for London and we know that schools play such a key role in their development. These award-winning schools are doing a wonderful job of promoting the importance of good health and active lifestyles, and I encourage others to follow their example and join our Healthy Schools London programme.”

Evidence shows that pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically, and that’s why the Mayor’s Healthy Schools programme, supported by Lions, encourages schools to promote healthy eating throughout the school day, increase opportunities for physical activity, promote emotional health and wellbeing, and empowering children to make decisions about their health.

Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, Joanne McCartney, commented: “We’re working hard to build a healthier future for our capital and know the significant difference that good health and wellbeing can have on children’s development. There is a lot of terrific work going on in our schools to support pupils and through our Healthy Schools London programme we are helping put an even greater focus on the benefits of good mental health. Through this we can help children develop positive relationships, resilience and make their own healthy decisions, and I’m delighted that so many schools are embracing the benefits of this.”

Dr Ranj Singh, children’s TV doctor, added: “There’s no doubt how important good health is to our children. A happy and healthy child has been shown to perform better academically and schools can play such a key role in their development. I’d like to congratulate all those involved for the great work they are doing to set a great example and improve the health of children.”

 

If you would like to support Healthy Schools London, please contact Lion David Skinner on 01323 767656 or email dajskinner@hotmail.com

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