CANCER Focus Northern Ireland brought a very special visitor to visit children at a Dungannon primary school to highlight the importance of healthy eating and exercise.
Genevieve the goat visited pupils and staff at Donaghey Primary School on Monday 19th November.
Genevieve plays the leading role in the ‘Starring Genevieve’ book, an educational resource developed by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.
Clare Smith, Programme manager for Schools and Young People said she hoped the special visit highlighted the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise to the children.
“The story of Genevieve and her friends has been designed to introduce healthy lifestyle messages to children at an age when research shows that they are most receptive,” said Clare.
“Poor nutrition and lack of physical activity have been shown to lead to obesity and an increased risk of cancers and other serious health conditions.” Experts believe that around a third of all cancer deaths could be prevented by improved nutrition.
She continued: “The ‘Starring Genevieve’ resources enable us to bring key health messages to local primary school children.
“We want to reduce children’s future risk of cancer through the positive messages of eating well and taking regular exercise – it’s about making the healthy option the fun option!” ‘Starring Genevieve’ is part of Cancer Focus’ Schools Health Education Package for P1-P7 children. If you would like to avail of this or any other element of the package please contact Sheree Wilson, Tel: 028 906 80730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org