SSAFA Professional medical advisors and Dhekelia’s Little Monkeys teamed up to get children in the swing for a better lifestyle
Habits learned early stay learned, so with teacher Lily Reid’s ‘Chiff Chaff’ class Dhekelia Primary School as well as students from King Richard School on the hunt for healthy food that wasn’t just plain boring; it was ‘Game on’.
On hand were SSAFA Health Visitors and Midwives, and School nurses, supported by the Army Physical training Instructor Cpl Adam Silvers who was looking at diet and nutritional impacts on fitness.
Adding musical dynamics to fitness was Dhekelia’s dance instructor Justine Shand, whose Zumba classes in the Dhekelia gym are popular, but at the Fit for Life event, this time it was children and new mums who gyrated in time to the beat.
Core organiser, SSAFA’s Health Visitor Ceri Henderson explained that with Little Monkey’s help, SSAFA a similar event, but with a different theme, each year.
“The idea is to show the healthy eating isn’t boring eating. Young children are very resilient and they like to try different things. Today ham and banana wraps seem to be very popular with the youngster.
“But we also have tomatoes, cheese, raw carrots, tuna, mixed and solo salad on offers, all proving very popular, all very healthy. Dhekelia’s Home-Start volunteers, Lilly McNamara of Mazotos and Kiti’s Janet Hill were supporting the event providing home-made scones with the healthiest of toppings and refreshing hot and cold drinks.
“But while the youngsters were enjoying themselves, the children and mums are also learning key messages about food and fitness. We are rotating classes from both the senior and junior school through this event. Even the children from King Richard’s senior school had tasks to perform that focussed on healthy life styles but in a fun way. The primary school children from Dhekelia Primary School were getting similar messages but in different ways.”