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  Emma from GenR8 Change joined forces with local Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Healthy Kids Advisor, Jason Thomas for an engaging and enjoyable food and garden experience. They caught up with students and staff from Penshurst Primary School. The visit started with a tour of the school gardens and animal spaces. A highlight for students proudly demonstrating their role assisting with daily feeding and care of two hungry calves and three much- loved chickens. Keen to get their hands dirty, students enjoyed potting up some herb and lettuce varieties with Jason. There was plenty of gardening knowledge being shared among the children and they enjoyed learning more about planting, composting and worm farming from Jason. Emma had a fun and tasty food session with the students mastering the art of making rice paper rolls! It was wonderful to watch the entire group try and enjoy different fresh foods. There was no hesitation, only excitement and plenty of vegetable devouring! Practical and hands on, the students were excited to be involved and enjoyed sharing cooking experiences they’ve had at home. The discussion shifted to various ways we can incorporate more healthy foods into lunchboxes and meals at home, and the endless ways we can enjoy fresh and healthy foods.     The afternoon was a fun and interactive way to reinforce that healthy can be simple, achievable and sustainable. Well done Penshurst Primary School - you're arming your students with powerful knowledge for a healthy future.  

On Wednesday 24th March Sheridan and Ebony went to Monivae College and completed a healthy eating workshop with the year 8-9 girls. One of the aims of the workshop was to increase awareness around the importance of fueling our bodies adequately, especially when studying and playing sport.   Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is important at any age, but it’s especially important for teenagers. At this age our bodies are still growing, so it’s essential to get enough energy and other nutrients to do all your daily activities and promote healthy growth. Although this may seem simple, it’s important to recognise that there are barriers that might affect the foods teenagers eat and drink such as what foods and drinks are available at school, the environment (are there bubble taps available?) and pressure from friends and social media to be or look a certain way. Therefore, we completed an activity with the students to determine what they believe they could do to help Monivae College a healthy and supportive environment.   Overall, the workshop went well, the girls were engaged and participating enthusiastically. Next term Sheridan will be heading back and will be working on an action plan with the students to help them make the healthier choice the easier choice.   Could your school group, sporting club or workplace benefit from a GenR8 Change workshop to build shared understanding and appetite for healthy change? If so we'd love to hear from you, contact Sheridan at [email protected] and at session can be tailored and offered in your setting! Alternatively, if your school, club or organisation has already taken action to make the healthier choice the easier one, let us know! Sharing is caring! :)   

On Thursday 25th of March North Hamilton Primary School completed their biennial True North Adventure Challenge. Kids scampered through muddy pits, slid their way through soapy slopes, climbed over and under different obstacles of all shapes and sizes. The students had 30 minutes to complete as many laps of their specially designed obstacle course. The afternoon was designed reinforce to True North values (respect, responsibility, empathy, cooperation and integrity,) get the school community together and most importantly, have FUN!     Who was involved? The course was primarily organised by the North Hamilton primary school staff. The True North Adventure Challenge also received assistance and donations from the local fire brigade, school families and Monivae and Baimbridge College students. The course was made up from donations and included fire hoses squirting water, hay bales, blow up slides, soapy tarps, Gelli Baff, sprinklers and muddy pools. Although, the event was a huge success, COVID-19 restrictions meant parents and other family members weren’t able to participate as they’d normally done in the past. This event was not a fundraiser, however, an obstacle course such as this, is a great idea for a healthy fundraiser.   What is an Active/ Healthy Fundraiser? A active or healthy fundraiser aims to encourage kids to get up and be active or make healthier lifestyle choices, whether that be making healthier eating choices, exercising or taking mindful moments to improve their overall health and well-being. Did you know that kids are recommended to get a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each day? Completing an active fundraiser, like the True North Challenge is a great way to raise money, to get kids physically active, be social and teach them healthy and sustainable habits!   If your school is interested in completing a similar event or you would like more information/ support please get in touch with Sheridan at [email protected]