Healthy living on the menu for Baynton West students

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Kylah Carson, Milly Evans and Jarkeiter Bin Saad, all 10, with Gina Turangi and Leah Ratana, of the Heart Foundation’s Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program.
Camera IconKylah Carson, Milly Evans and Jarkeiter Bin Saad, all 10, with Gina Turangi and Leah Ratana, of the Heart Foundation’s Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program. Credit: Pilbara News, Shannon Beattie

Students in the Aboriginal enrichment class at Baynton West Primary School have been taking lessons about health and nutrition to heart over the past months.

As part of the Heart Foundation’s Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program, students have been hands on with healthy food and have learnt about alternatives to sugary drinks.

Program co-ordinator Gina Turangi said the students were having a lot of fun while taking on important health messages.

“They are an awesome group of engaged kids, great at participating in our sessions and always eager to get involved in our activities,” she said.

In the sessions, the students learnt about hand hygiene for the prevention of bacteria that could cause illness, including rheumatic heart disease, by making their own soap.

They also covered the importance of hydration in the warmer months by noting how celery changed the colour of water and focused on healthy eating by making their own avocado dip.

Teacher Kerry Bishopp said the sessions were part of the STEM learning area.

“The Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program team have delivered an engaging and relevant learning experience for the students,” she said.

“I’ve enjoyed working cooperatively with them to link the activities and content with what the students are learning in class.”

“It has been great to hear them talk about what they have learnt and take their learning home to their families.”

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