Challenging young people
ALMOST 500 children from nine local school and youth organisations have proved they’ve got the hang of self care by entering an NHS competition to design a piece of bunting.
Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (BBCCG) joined forces with Basildon Sporting Village to challenge young people to describe in pictures and words what self care means to themselves and their families.
The Happy Healthy You competition was one of the CCG’s activities for Self Care Week 2018 in November.
The judging panel – which included patients who serve on Basildon and Brentwood’s Patient and Community Reference Group – were impressed by the variety of things children and their families are doing to try and keep themselves fit and healthy…everything from swimming to rock climbing, all fuelled by lots of fruit and veg.
Local GP Dr Arv Guniyangodage, Chair of the CCG, visited Northlands Junior School in Basildon to present the prize to the overall winner, 10-year-old Ronnie Ward.
Ronnie and his Year Six classmates will now enjoy a swimming pool party kindly donated by Basildon Sporting Village. He also received a book about the body.
Dr Arv also presented a £50 cheque to the school and a trophy to their Healthy Schools and Personal Social and Health Education (PHSE) lead Mrs Irma Frith.
Dr Guniyangodage said: “I am enormously impressed with the work the school is doing around self care, particularly the way they are educating children to reduce their sugar intake, eat healthily and increase their activity. It’s very encouraging for the future.”
Northlands Junior School headteacher Jane Young said: “The whole school greatly enjoyed taking part in this competition.”
Prizes were awarded to each of the following schools/youth organisations for their best entry:
Buttsbury Junior School, Billericay
Castledon School, Wickford
Noak Bridge Primary School, Basildon
Cherry Tree Primary School, Basildon
Great Berry Primary School, Langdon Hills
2nd Billericay Scout Group
Ryedene Primary School, Basildon
Greensted Junior School, Basildon
Lee Chapel Primary School, Basildon