Happy Hearts scheme gets thumbs up from Youth Council
Young people have pledged to support a pioneering scheme in which primary school pupils are taught to love vegetables.
The Happy Hearts project run by Adur & Worthing Councils goes into classrooms to teach children how to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.
But it’s funding is unsure for next year and now Worthing’s Youth Council has pledged to do all it can to help the scheme continue.
The Council, who look after the residents of Adur & Worthing, was moved to help after hearing a presentation by Happy Hearts coordinator Tammy Waine at a meeting in Worthing Town Hall.
As part of the scheme Tammy visits primary schools and runs fun and interactive classes to encourage healthy eating and exercise of children as young as six.
“Primary school students listen to what you have to say and absorb the info, it’s better if we can target them before bad habits begin to occur”, she said.
Tammy Waine, Families and Wellbeing Officer at Adur & Worthing Councils, told the Youth Council about a story of a young six-year-old schoolgirl who remembered her program from 3 years ago, and was still using the Happy Hearts language and messages.
Tammy was shortlisted for a Heart Hero award by the British Heart Foundation, after being recognised for elevating the awareness of healthy eating at local schools.
After the presentation the Youth Council said it would do all it can to raise the awareness about the scheme so it could continue.
Worthing Youth Mayor, Josh Davies, said:
“We were really impressed with Tammy’s scheme and how dedicated she is towards it. Being a members of the Youth Council means we look out for children and aim to give a good representation of our age group, this is a project that needs to continue.”
The presentation came after the Adur & Worthing Councils Communications Office invited members of the Youth Council to talk about communications and brought along Tammy to make the presentation.
The Youth Council were immediately interested in Tammy’s campaign, and asked an array of questions which allowed her to further expand on her initial talk.
The Communications team split the Youth Council into half and set them the task of writing their own report on the Happy Hearts scheme and the issues they are facing.
Joshua Davies, Youth Mayor of Worthing, said the Youth Council had an important role to play.
They have been involved in many projects including a recent charity car wash for the Mayor of Worthing Cllr Alex Harman’s charity which raised just short of £400.
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