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Hundreds of young people fly the Feel Good flag by becoming wellbeing ambassadors

Three hundred primary school pupils will be spreading the word about how to eat healthily and stay active after officially become Waltham Forest’s first Feel Good Young Ambassadors.



The youngsters, who represent 24 schools based across the borough, gathered inside Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre last Friday (10 March) to take part in three special training sessions organised by Waltham Forest Council and Waltham Forest Schools Sport Network.



One session focussed on eating well and having healthy packed lunches, another looked at how to arrange new activities, challenges and competitions within schools, and the final one covered how to promote activities on offer in Waltham Forest – and what it takes to be a role model in their school.



After completing all three sessions, pupils were awarded a Feel Good Young Ambassador pin badge to wear on their school uniform. They will now take what they have learned back to their respective schools and encourage their classmates to lead as healthy lifestyles as possible.



It was the first event of its kind in Waltham Forest, bringing together the Council’s Feel Good campaign, the Healthy Schools London programme, the NHS Change 4 Life initiative, the Youth Sport Trust's Young Ambassador programme and Waltham Forest’s School Games scheme.

 

Ruth Mahamoodally, a 10-year-old pupil at Woodside Primary Academy in Walthamstow, said: “Being an ambassador is good because when I go back to school I’m persuading other children to become healthier and fitter. And if you like to do PE then you can persuade other children to become like you and become good in things like athletics and cricket and many more activities.”



Eight year old Jacob Crockford, who goes to South Grove Primary School, said: “I think people should cut down on all the sugar they have because they could be fit but they may not know how much sugar they’re having – they should cut down and eat healthily.”



The Council is committed to tackling childhood obesity and encouraging residents, particularly young people, to eat healthily and lead active lives.



Cllr Ahsan Khan, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said the local authority was building on its existing work to combat obesity rates with initiatives like the Feel Good Young Ambassadors. He also welcomed steps being taken at a national level, such as the new sugar tax on soft drinks.



Cllr Khan said: “Through our public health initiatives, leisure centres, Children and Family Centres, and sporting activities, we’re offering a huge number of opportunities for families to lead healthier lives. I’d like to thank our fantastic Feel Good Young Ambassadors for helping us promote everything that’s available – and for making a real difference in their communities.”



Cllr Grace Williams, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “It was really inspiring to see so many young people coming together to learn about the importance of living healthy and active lifestyles at our event last week. And it’s great to know that they’ll now be getting these important messages out there by telling their family, friends and classmates what they’ve learned.”



For more information about the Council’s Feel Good campaign, visit www.feelgoodwalthamforest.com.

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