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Week to foster pupils' healthy choices

Key messages at school health week

Youngsters at an Island primary school are being encouraged to make healthy eating and keeping fit a way of life this week.

Five days of activities, talks and try-out out sessions are planned at St Mary's in Douglas, as part of a special Health Week.

Youngsters will be taught about the health problems caused by obesity - such as heart disease and diabetes - and taught to care for their emotional well being.

The week's been organised by the school nursing service as part of a wider strategy by the Department of Health and Social Care to encourage people to take responsibility for their own health.

It's also a test bed for similar events in Island schools in the future.

Highlights include a health fair for children an their families, while the whole school will take part in a giant Zumbathon - the based fitness regime - as the finale.

Local firms including Top Banana, Robinson's, the Alpine Cafe and Isle of Man Post Office are providing healthy snacks and drinks.

Avondale dental practice, St John Ambulance, the police road safety team and fitness instructors are also lending support to the scheme.

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