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Eat Better Feel Better

Happy New Year and welcome back to work.  The start of a new year often makes people think about their lifestyles and can give them the motivation they need to make some improvements to their health.

Right on time, the Scottish Government is launching its Eat Better Feel Better campaign.  This campaign aims to inspire and support parents and families to make healthy changes to how they shop, cook and eat, with the aim of improving their health.

This website might be of interest to you, both personally and professionally.  Click on the picture to visit the site.

Happy and healthy new year to you!

Support for HWB in your establishment, cluster, neighbourhood

Here are two documents which outline the work I was involved in last session and some ideas of the types of work I can support you to develop.

Please get in touch if your are interested in anything you see, or if you have any other HWB ideas you’d like to discuss.

HWBDO work session 2013-14 edited

HWB DO – Support for Schools 2014-15

All in a good night’s sleep

An article on the BBC website today reports on something that I’ve found a hot topic for the last few years – sleep and how much do young people need?

I’ve run a number of sleep awareness workshops for parents in primaries in and they have been delighted to have the opportunity to discuss the basics in helping children and young people to develop healthy sleep habits.  The feedback I’ve received has been very positive.

The charity, Sleep Scotland, has also produced a secondary pack with lessons for all year groups.  This was purchased by the HWB Team and given to all secondaries last session.  I’d be more than happy to support the development of this resource in schools.  Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss either parent’s workshops or the secondary sleep pack further.

In the meantime, here’s what the BBC said today:


A whole school celebration of HWB @ Mearns Primary


Many schools organise whole school events to celebrate aspects of the curriculum like Eco Schools, Citizenship or HWB.  These are great ways to showcase all the great work that goes on in school, engage with parents and invite other members of the school community to share in community learning. 

I recently attended Mearns Primary’s HWB & Eco Event, with my recorder, and managed to catch some very busy staff and pupils to have a quick chat and get a sense of how they have embedded HWB into their learning; how they’ve motivated pupils to get involved in organising the event and how they’ve encouraged enterprising pupils to develop a wonderful project that raised money for the school.  

Listen for yourself

P6 pupils make and sell a fitness DVD 


PT Jo Macgregor on how to make the process as simple as possible http://soundcloud.com/pulse-healthy-radio/teacher-jo-macgregor-tells-us

Our good chum Barry Cook – more children, more active, more often! http://soundcloud.com/pulse-healthy-radio/barry-cook-promoting-health

Track suits & other important HWB stuff @ Kirkhill Primary


Kirkhill Primary were recently nominated for a School Sport Award for the fantastic work the school community does to promote sport and physical activity – within and outwith the curriculum.  Gillian McCombe, who leads on HWB in the school and Barry Cook, senior Active Schools Co-ordinator are at the heart of making sure all the children @ Kirkhill have the opportunity to be more active, more often. 

I had the pleasure of chatting to them and two wonderful pupils, Sophie and Calum when they recently visited Pulse Community Radio to tell us all about their experiences of HWB @ Kirkhill.  The children are charming and Barry and Gillian can talk for Britain – listen for yourself! & you might even hear us all sing @ the end….


What’s happening @ Education Scotland


Our very own Kerry Crichton paid us a visit recently, as part of an input by Education Scotland to our HWB network.  Kerry gave us an insightful presentation (using the bang up to date software, prezi) on the work of the national HWB team.  Those of you who are familiar with Kerry will know her presentations are always interesting – she even managed to tell a story about sheep which was relevant to HWB and enterprise!  You can access her presentation online by clicking this link:


George Sinclair spoke more widely about moderation, which I’m sure will be of interest to any teacher in any setting.  His presentation – using the medium of Powerpoint, which we’re all more familiar with, is here:

Education Scotland – Moderation

Alison and I are considering presenting to specific stages @ the next network in May as many staff have said they would welcome the opportunity to talk with their sector partners about specific issues that affect them.  Please let us know if you have a view on how we should organise the next network – it only works if it’s what you want.