Saints are healthy scholars
Swapping junk food for healthy choices has seen St Joseph's National School being named Healthy Heroes School of the Month for June, thanks to the efforts of senior pupils in promoting healthy eating.
They are among hundreds of primary schools taking part in the initiative from the Irish Bread Bakers Association and Bord Bia, which aims at teaching children on how to improve their eating habits, especially as regards what they eat at lunchtime.
St Joseph's teacher Tess Hughes explained how the school uses the Healthy Heroes programme.
'Our 5th and 6th class pupils led the club for the younger classes. They had breakfast together and talk about nutrition informally through teacher led discussion. It gave the children an opportunity to take ownership of their own club and develop leadership skills whilst having fun and taking part.'
'It is encouraging to see the positive feedback from St Joseph's, Dundalk which shows the success of the peer-to-peer aspect of the Healthy Heroes programme, said Ailbhe Burne, who oversees the programme on behalf of the Irish Bread Bakers Association. 'Dundalk has shown that the programme encourages students to improve leadership, teamwork and communications skills, while at the same time having fun learning about healthy eating with their classmates. The knowledge gained by students will help them to make healthier choices going through life.'