by MARY MAGEE
L-R Catherine Foreman from Action Cancer, with puppets Mambo and Jazz, UN's Tina Campbell, Ballinderry PS pupil Tom Hyde, Action Cancer Chief Executive Gareth Kirk, pupil Hannah Jones, teacher Lorraine Magowan and Jennifer Morton from Centra.
Front row: Barbour Nursery School pupils Hannah Lockhart and Alexandra Neill, with Catherine Foreman from Action Cancer, and puppets Mambo and Jazz. Rear L-R: Jennifer Morton from Centra, UN's Tina Campbell, teacher Tracey Cassells and Action Cancer Chief Executive Gareth Kirk. Picture: Brian Thompson/Press Eye.
ACTION Cancer's new health promotion puppets, Mambo and Jazz, were on hand to present two Lisburn schools with accolades for their outstanding health promotion activities for pupils at the annual Health Action awards in conjunction with retailer Centra.
Mambo and Jazz are designed to capture the imagination of children at
primary schools and nurseries with a puppet show promoting four golden
rules that young children should follow to keep healthy; eat well,
exercise regularly, be sun safe and be aware of the dangers of smoking.
The charity unveiled the puppets at the Health Action Awards, where 39 local schools picked up awards for their innovative approach to health education for pupils, including extracurricular exercise programmes and healthy meals.
Ballinderry Primary School won a Gold award for its health promotion projects, while Barbour Nursery School won a Silver.
The awards are part of Action Cancer's Health Action initiative, which offers a range of health promotion roadshows for schools and colleges, and is sponsored by Centra. Over 350,000 young people have taken part in Health Action since 2003.