Pupils prove they have healthy minds

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IF a healthy body equals a healthy mind, then these students are top of their class.

All aspects of mind, body and soul were explored during a one-off Health Day at Hodgson Academy, Poulton.

Students looked at healthy lifestyles and emotional well-being, by joining in a range of specially time-tabled activities, which included zumba, fit tap, taekwondo, army circuit training – led by the Duke of Lancaster Regiment from Fulwood Barracks, healthy Indian cooking, meditation and aromatherapy.

There was also first-aid training, gardening and alcohol awareness, among other activities.

Assistant principal Tom Kearns said: “The whole aim of the day was for students to learn how best to remain emotionally well and look after themselves with a healthy lifestyle in a fun and entertaining way.”

And the day certainly got the thumbs up from students.

Gina Hulme, 14, said: “I did gardening, the sex awareness lesson and the first-aid course. I thought it was really good to get chance to do things you wouldn’t normally be able to do.

“First-aid is important and useful and not something usually taught in schools.

“I really enjoyed it and was glad of the opportunity to learn new skills and do different things.

“Health is so important, there should be more days like this to raise awareness of health and looking after yourself.”

Fellow pupil Joe Bramhall, 14, added: “I did the alcohol awareness session, the healthy Indian cooking and orienteering.

“I thought it was really good. It helped teach us different life-skills and was more fun than just doing English or maths.

“There were lots of different activities to do and they should definitely do it again.”