North Antrim says ‘Boost Your Bones’!

Heather Dunlop, Paediatric Dietitian; Leesa Smyth, Senior Health Promotion Officer from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust pictured with Girlguiding North Antrim members Rebekah Lennon and Katie Smyth promoting the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and Girlguiding North Antrim new resource called Boost Your Bones aimed at promoting bone health in girls and young women

Heather Dunlop, Paediatric Dietitian; Leesa Smyth, Senior Health Promotion Officer from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust pictured with Girlguiding North Antrim members Rebekah Lennon and Katie Smyth promoting the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and Girlguiding North Antrim new resource called Boost Your Bones aimed at promoting bone health in girls and young women

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The Northern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with Girlguiding North Antrim has produced an innovative new resource called ‘Boost Your Bones.’

Girls and young women aged 4 - 25 across the Northern Trust area have been taking part in the initiative which is aimed at promoting bone health and avoiding osteoporosis.

The ‘Boosting your Bones’ challenge covers healthy eating, weight bearing exercise routines and the importance of getting enough sunlight for bone development. There is a range of activities in which the Guides can become involved including storytelling, craft, games, dance routines and take home activities involving parents.

By participating in the ‘Boost Your Bones’ challenge local Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section members will earn a badge for completing tasks specifically aimed at promoting bone health.

Sixteen year old Rebekah Lennon took part in ‘Boost Your Bones’ and said: “Before I completed the challenge I knew very little about bone health and how important it was at my age to build my bone strength,” said Rebekah. For more information contact Leesa Houston on 028 2563 5575 or email: leesa.houston@northerntrust.hscni.net