Many of the key health behaviours such as smoking, obesity, lack of physical activity and poor nutrition are significant in the development of chronic disease. These behaviours increase an individual’s risk of developing of CHD, Stroke and COPD. 25% of children aged 2–10 years old are either overweight (19%) or obese (6%).
Smoking is another area that NICHS must tackle with children. Childhood statistics from 2010 suggest that 8% of 11–15 year olds in Northern Ireland smoke. NICHS estimate that 12 children every day, 86 per week and 372 per month take up the habit in Northern Ireland. The estimate is based on NHS figures on trends for drinking and drug use among young people up to the age of 15.
Therefore, NICHS must tackle these issues with young people to aid the prevention of chest, heart and stroke illnesses in the future. The schools programme targets primary and secondary school aged children to try and modify their behaviour before long term damage can occur.
Our new Health Programme for schools builds on two years’ experience visiting over 120 primary schools across Northern Ireland. It promotes the health of the pupils through interactive workshops.
Primary and Secondary School Health Promotion Talks
– 20 minute or 60 minute talk;
For more information, please click here to download a PDF about our Schools and Community Health Programme.
– Primary school teachers’ resource pack;
Level 3 (Primary Extended Schools Only)
Three week P5 or P6 schools programme:
– Physical activity and the heart;
– Eat your way to health;
– Stamp out smoking.
These workshops have been updated and we are introducing new support material.
For more information, please click here to download a PDF about Chester’s Challenge.