Adventist primary schools invited to join healthy competition

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Adventist Primary Schools across Australia can win $A1000 by submitting a video to a competition run by ACA Health which aims to incentivise the use of health resources in classrooms.

Private health insurance fund ACA Health has been working with Avondale University and final year teaching students for more than a decade to produce resources for instructing primary-aged children about health and wellbeing.

Each year, the top four resources—developed by the final year teaching students as part of their tertiary qualification—are distributed to Adventist schools in Australia for use.

ACA Health fund manager Jody Burgoyne explains that “in Australia, ill health and admission to hospital as a result of lifestyle diseases and mental health are increasing.”

“ACA Health has always believed that educating children at an early age has the potential to set children up with healthy habits and the tools to help them to have a healthy, happy life,” she said, adding that the initiative is an attempt to reduce the lifestyle and mental health illness figures across the country.

Topics of previous resources developed by this initiative include: cyberbullying and its effects on physical and emotional health; sugar and how it affects the body; building fellow student relationships; healthy lunchbox; and resilience.

“At ACA Health, we count it a privilege to be part of something that promotes healthy lifestyle principles to children at a time when they are learning things for life,” said Ms Burgoyne.

To join the competition, teachers must submit a video showing how the resources are used in their classrooms, the filled-out health resource experience form and additional photos to by November 10. The videos will be posted on social media along with a voting poll from November 14 to 25 to determine the winner.

ACA Health is a private health insurance fund for Adventist church employees, local church officers and their families.

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