A SHELDON school has been awarded a donation of £5,000, as part of the schools ongoing involvement with healthy lifestyle programme, Health for Life.
The organisation marked its milestone 10th birthday by offering schools that have engaged with the programme throughout the last 10 years the chance to apply for an extra grant.
The funding will go towards supporting projects focussed the core themes of healthy eating and cooking, food growing and physical activity for both the children, teachers, parents and wider communities.
Elms Farm Primary School, inspired by their pupils’ ideas, will use the £5,000 donation to create a brand-new outdoor fitness area which can be enjoyed at break and lunchtimes, with the aim to increase physical activity and encourage students to live an active and healthier lifestyle.
The facilities will also be available to the wider community and for holiday clubs.
Emma Baxter, headteacher at Elms Farm Primary School, said: “The Health for Life programme has been incredibly beneficial in educating our students about leading a healthy lifestyle, so we’re delighted to receive this fantastic donation, which will enable us to develop a fitness area for pupils across the school to enjoy.”
Introduced by Mondelēz International in 2011, the Health for Life programme has reached more than 230,000 children and adults in Birmingham.
Kelly Farrell, community affairs manager at Mondelēz International, said: “We’re extremely proud that for over 10 years, our Health for Life programme has inspired school children, their teachers, parents and local communities across the region to develop and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
“We’re delighted to celebrate the programmes’ anniversary with these grants and know that they will have direct positive impacts for both adults and children across the local community.
For more information about the work carried out by Health for Life in schools, please visit https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/health-for-life/ and, in the community, visit www.tcv.org.uk/midlands/health-for-life.