Local School Children attend Special Health and Wellbeing Event – 30/11/11

NHS Mental Health staff from Bloxwich took time out of their day job to promote healthy eating, exercise and the importance of clean hands to local school children.

70 children attended the ‘Gimme 5’ event at Bloxwich Hospital organised by staff at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

The children from Busills Jones Primary School, Bloxwich C of E Primary School and Lower Farm Primary School took part in a number of activities and competitions.

Activity Co-ordinators from Bloxwich Hospital were on hands to get the children up and moving and encourage them to get involved in more physical activity, supported by Walsall Healthcare NHS Physical Activity Programme Advisor.

The children were also given the chance to see just how clean their hands were. Staff from the Infection Prevention and Control team bought along their glow box and special glitter bug potion to demonstrate where the children had missed when they washed their hands!

There were plenty of healthy options available for the children to tuck into and a quiz to help them learn about healthy eating. Scooby Doo paid a visit to hand our prizes to four lucky children for their poster designs. Everyone else took home a goody bag including fruit, water, healthy snacks and freebies.

June Trusewicz, Matron at Bloxwich Hospital, said: “The event was a fantastic afternoon and a great opportunity for children to take part in fun activities whilst learning about healthy eating, exercise and hygiene. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the event and the healthy treats available.

The event gave staff the opportunity to highlight the importance of Infection Prevention which is high on every hospitals agenda. The children displayed great hand washing technique and awareness, which will allow them to play their part in the fight against infection when they visit someone in hospital.

As a Trust it is important for us to engage with the community and work in partnership with local schools to promote excellent health and wellbeing. By increasing awareness of these issues at a young age we hope to encourage future generations to develop excellent eating habits and look after their health and wellbeing.”