NHS Tayside spread the Fun Fit Tayside message to secondary school pupils in Dundee and Angus at the annual Active Schools Secondary Dance Festival and Angus Cross Country event.
Active Schools in Angus and Dundee organised these annual events, sponsored by the Paediatric Overweight Service Tayside (POST), to help promote the importance of physical activity. The POST team provided medals and trophies and presented them to the winners and runners up.
POST team lead Dr Laura Stewart said, “POST are really delighted to be supporting these events again this year. The pupils put in a great deal of effort as shown in the amazing, creative performances in the Dance Festival and it’s great to see young people having fun, getting involved in physical activity whilst enjoying a healthy lifestyle. It was a great evening had by all and the dancing ability was outstanding.”
St Paul’s Academy had a clean sweep through all the categories at the Dance Festival. This year there was a range of dance categories including contemporary, street and a new category of open, allowing for any form of dance to be showcased. The annual dance event is now in its seventh year with even more participants in the open category.
Joanne Rearie, Dundee Active Schools lead co-ordinator, added, “We are delighted to have POST on board with the Dundee Secondary Dance Festival, as while it promotes competitive school sport, it also allows a large number of our pupils, both male and female, to take part in a fun event and enjoy participating and taking on their own personal activity challenges as part of pursuing healthy lifestyles.
“Ultimately Active Schools aims to get more children more active more often and by encouraging pupils to attend events like this we can support and embed this motto.”
At the Angus Cross Country event, which took place at Monikie Country Park, runners from Angus secondary schools took part in races ranging from 2000 to 4000m.
Laura said, “It was a great day with lots of school support for the runners and for the teachers and Active Schools Co-ordinators who work hard to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.
“Well done to all those who took part in and helped organise both the Dundee Dance Festival and the Angus Cross Country event!”
The POST service promotes the Fun Fit Tayside 1, 2, 3 message of at least one hour of activity, no more than two hours of screen time and three healthy balanced meals a day.
POST is a specialist weight management which aims to support children and young people under 16 years old, as well as their families, to manage their weight and adopt healthier lifestyles.
Look out for the Fun Fit Dundee group starting soon which is a programme aimed at families with children aged between 8 and 13 years who need support with their weight. The group offers free sessions in a friendly and interactive environment to help and motivate families to succeed in making healthy lifestyle changes.
To book a place on the Fun Fit Dundee groups, or if you have any concerns about your child’s weight you can contact POST in confidence on 01738 473784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.