Pupils talk health with the Hawks

RISDON Vale Primary School students have had an exciting start to the school year thanks to an opportunity to rub shoulders with AFL players from the Hawthorn Football Club (FC).

The visit formed part of the “Looking After Me” primary school program, which was developed by Hawthorn FC to address issues relating to nutrition and physical activity in an effort to encourage long-lasting behavioural change.

The four players participated in an information session with the students, sharing their personal stories, followed by a number of skill-building activities on the school oval.

Risdon Vale Primary School principal Libby Robinson said the children were all “genuinely interested” in the players and the stories they had to tell.

“When children are excited and happy, they remember more, so having famous people speaking to them lifts their self-esteem and helps them to connect with the messages and world more closely,” she said.

“When they watch football in the future, hopefully they will remember these messages about health more clearly.”

Ms Robinson said it was “vitally important” for students to engage with messages about health and nutrition at a young age.

“Through this program, the students were not only exposed to important messages, but their learning experiences were also expanded beyond the classroom, beyond Risdon Vale and beyond Tasmania,” she said.

“The Hawthorn FC really does a terrific job of supporting our primary school.”

The Looking After Me program is offered free for Tasmanian schools and complements the Tasmania Department of Health and Human Services’ “Move Well, Eat Well” primary school award program.

Caption: Risdon Vale Primary School prep to grade six students pictured with a number of Hawthorn Football Club players, who visited the school recently to deliver information on health and nutrition.