Souths Cares Encourages Healthy & Active Lifestyles

Year 5 and 6 students from Matraville Soldiers' Settlement Public School last week attended the Learning with League Centre at Moore Park to participate in the Souths Cares ‘Healthy and Active Lifestyle’ Program.

Indigenous Programs Manager for Souths Cares, Leellen Lewis, said the students actively took part in an educational session, displaying a wide range of knowledge and understanding of the effects alcohol and other drugs have on the body.

“I was really impressed with the level awareness the students were able to articulate by the end of the session,” said Leellen.

“They also left the training with a better understanding of the impacts and effect that drugs, especially alcohol, have on the male and female body.”

Leellen also said that Souths Cares has been delivering the hugely popular ‘Healthy and Active Lifestyle’ program to more than 30 local schools in the area for three years.

“In partnership with Life Education, the holistic program for Years 5 and 6 students, combines the NRL initiative, ‘Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well’ with a range of Life Education Australia modules,” she said.

“Our trainers use a wide range of comprehensive resources and adapt them to meet the educational needs of local students.

“Each Souths Cares session is designed to educate students with the fundamental knowledge to live healthy and active lifestyles as they head into their all-important teenage years.”

Leellen said the session delivery is designed to be fun and engaging.

“Our trainers, Lisa and Sally, are very experienced and knowledgeable and the students really have a lot of fun joining in the sessions.

“The Program utilises a combination of games, hands on activities, group work and role-play, where students are taken through developmentally appropriate lessons.

“This year has seen our session run out of the Learning with League Centre at NRL Headquarters – a really dynamic learning space for our students.”

Leellen said that all sessions are offered to schools free of charge, including transport to and from the venue.

“Souths Cares would like to offer the Program to any school that believes their Stage III students will benefit.

“All any school has to do is contact our office on 8306 9900, during office hours.”