CANCER Focus Northern Ireland brought Genevieve, a life-sized goat, to visit Garryduff Primary School, Ballymoney to encourage Primary one and Primary two children to eat more fruit and vegetables and to take regular exercise.
Genevieve plays the leading role in the ‘Starring Genevieve’ book, an educational resource developed by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.
Clare Smith, Programme manager for Schools and Young People said: “The story of Genevieve and her friends has been designed to introduce healthy lifestyle messages to children at an age when research shows that they are most receptive.
“Poor nutrition and lack of physical activity have been shown to lead to obesity and an increased risk of cancers and other serious health conditions.” Experts believe that around a third of all cancer deaths could be prevented by improved nutrition.
“The ‘Starring Genevieve’ resources enable us to bring key health messages to local primary school children. We want to reduce children’s future risk of cancer through the positive messages of eating well and taking regular exercise – it’s about making the healthy option the fun option!” ‘Starring Genevieve’ is part of Cancer Focus’ Schools Health Education Package for P1-P7 children. If you would like to avail of this or any other element of the package please contact Sheree Wilson, Tel: 028 906 80730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org