Local schools are honoured at Action Cancer health awards
Local charity Action Cancer and leading convenience brand Centra has recognised thousands of school children across Northern Ireland, including pupils from Mid Ulster schools, at the annual Health Action Awards.
The Awards are part of Action Cancer’s unique Health Promotion Programme, sponsored by Centra, as part of the brand’s ‘Live Well’ initiative.
St Columba’s Primary School Straw received a Gold Award, St Mary’s Grammar, Magherafelt scooped a Silver award and St Pius X College, Magherafelt scooped a Stewart Bryans award for most improved school.
This year, 50 schools from across Northern Ireland picked up awards for their innovative approach to health education, with the highest scoring schools in each Education and Library Board region receiving cash prizes of £200 for school equipment.
The schools awarded demonstrated good health promotion across various areas including providing healthy meal options in their cafeteria, promoting healthy snacks and water, encouraging extra-curricular exercise programmes and running cancer awareness initiatives.
Action Cancer Health Promotion Officer Amy Thompson said: “Our congratulations go to all of the schools recognised at this year’s Health Action Awards. We are delighted to be able to recognise the great work local schools carry out to provide their pupils with health education.
“It is so important for Action Cancer, with the support of Centra, to deliver our healthy lifestyle sessions and with our new-look programme we are looking forward to continuing to reach even more schoolchildren in the new term.”