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Kempsey kids to benefit from vital health education thanks to local support

Monday, 25 Nov 2019

Life Ed and its popular mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe are well known among children on the Mid North Coast as a regular feature in local schools, teaching students about the benefits of healthy lifestyles.

Over the past 10 years 70,633 students in 69 schools on the Mid North Coast have received a visit from the Life Ed van, learning about healthy eating, physical activity, cyber safety, respectful relationships, and drug and alcohol prevention.

This year the Healthy Mid North Coast Communities Fund supported 300 students from Kempsey West Public School to participate in the Life Ed program.

Coordinator of Healthy Communities Mid North Coast Local Health District Amy Sawyer aid now more than ever it is important that children and young people are given the skills to make healthy choices.

It is important that health messages are embedded early in a child’s education. It was fantastic to see how engaged the children were with the Life Ed program.

Life Ed NSW CEO Jonathon Peatfield said assistance from the local community and volunteers is vital to ensure that children in the area can continue to benefit from Life Education’s health and safety lessons.

“Children and families today face many challenges to their health and wellbeing. These challenges are even greater for families in regional and rural NSW, where access to health services can be an issue,” Mr Peatfield said.

“For 40 years Life Ed has been supporting families in NSW with vital health education. In NSW we travel to schools in every local government area – no matter how far or how small – so that no child misses out on these important lessons. As a not for profit organisation we rely on support from government, community and business to ensure that this generation of young Australians live to their full potential.”