Schools in Tower Hamlets celebrated today (11 July) receiving more Healthy Schools awards from the Mayor of London than any other borough in London.
The annual event, this year held in the council chambers at the Town Hall, saw 120 teachers and pupils from across the borough collect awards with fun, interactive stalls showcasing healthy activities.
The event also offered schools the opportunity to share best practice and get ideas to inform future health initiatives in their own school. The event was attended by: Mayor John Biggs; Cllr Danny Hassell; Will Tuckley, Chief Executive and Somen Banerjee, Director of Public Health.
Mayor John Biggs said:
“It is an amazing achievement for our schools to be the best in London, laying the groundwork for children to have healthy foundations.
“The council’s Healthy Lives Team have done an amazing job working in partnership with teachers to ensure that a healthy environment is part of the whole school culture.”
93 per cent of Tower Hamlets schools have a Healthy Schools bronze award from the Mayor of London. The Tower Hamlets Healthy Lives team have also supported schools to achieve an amazing 81 Silver awards and 35 Gold awards from the Mayor of London- the highest figures in London.
The winning schools developed a range of projects last year, including:
- increasing healthy food choices and water consumption by improving and promoting a whole school healthy lunchtime environment
- increasing physical activity through the introduction of the Daily Mile and Playground Ambassadors
- Improve mental and physical health promotion in classrooms by implementing a comprehensive Personal Social Health Education curriculum across the school
- Introducing mindfulness in the classroom
- implementing a healthy tuck shop menu in secondary schools
- and supporting secondary school pupils to have a healthy attitude towards food.
Tower Hamlets also has the highest uptake in London for schools taking part in the Daily Mile. Over 900 pupils from 17 schools attended and ran at the Daily Mile Celebration Event organised by The Healthy Lives Team at Mile End Stadium in March 2018.
The Daily Mile is an initiative that encourages children of all ages and abilities to run a mile to improve their physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
It has been implemented across schools in the UK. Tower Hamlets schools have the highest uptake among London boroughs, with over thirty primary schools taking part.
Cllr Danny Hassell, lead member for children, schools and young people added:
“Exercise is so important for bothchildren’s mental and physical health.
“Over half of our primary schools have brought the Daily Mile into their school day, the highest in London, and teachers have noticed the positive effects that it is having, including on helping children concentrate.”
Children’s fitness levels and cardiovascular systems have developed as a result of participating in the Daily Mile. In fitness tests, which are carried out every half term, children are able to run for longer and be less out of breath. Teachers are reporting improved concentration levels in the class room after the Daily Mile and in many cases, improvements in behaviour.
Posted on Wednesday 11th July 2018