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Academy Boosts Students' Well-Being After Difficult Year With Healthy Eating and Regular Exercise

Jess Hopps, Year 9 student at Louth Academy, samples some of the delicious fruit available at break time as part of the Academy’s drive for all-round well-being through healthy eating and regular exercise, following the Covid-19 pandemic.

All-round healthy lifestyles and mental well-being are being promoted at Louth Academy through good food and regular exercise after a year of Covid-19.

Following months of lockdowns and strict safety measures, the opportunity to get outside and take part in team sports and to concentrate on promoting healthy minds through healthy bodies has been welcomed by everyone at the Academy.

From the Catering Department to Physical Education and mental well-being, staff have worked hard to put measures in place to encourage health and fitness as part of the students’ daily routines.

Tim Lowe, Curriculum Leader for PE, said: “At Louth Academy, we encourage all students to lead a healthy lifestyle. Taking part in regular physical activity enables students to experience the vast benefits of exercise on their social, physical and mental well-being.

“As a PE Department we continue to provide opportunities for students to become more physically active and feel better about themselves, in a safe and enjoyable environment. Pupils in all year groups have access to an extensive extra-curricular programme, which has been based around the sports highlighted in a recent student survey.

“Additionally, the PE Department is delivering different initiatives such as Sport Leaders UK and Girls’ Football Activators. These leadership-based programmes are aimed at encouraging students to take ownership of developing Physical Activity levels and School Sport within the Academy.”

Alongside physical activity, is a healthy eating plan which has been developed by Caterers Aspens. Their world kitchen menu has gone down a storm with students.

Aspens Group Catering Manager, Lindsay Jackson, explained: “Research increasingly demonstrates the need for good nutrition across all age groups and a balanced diet reduces the number of nutrition-related illnesses in young people. Our menus are enjoyable as well as nutritious. We play an important role in promoting a well-balanced diet and setting pupils on the right track for later life.” 

Students have been vocal, about their support for the new menus too. Year 7 student Finley Nicholson said: “The food is multi-cultural and involves all tastes.”

Harold Blow added: “The food is amazing and I love it.”

Year 8 student Katie Kenyres said: “I love the school food because there is so much to choose from and we have opportunities to try new foods.”

Jessica Watson agreed. She said: “There are lots of delicious new foods on the menu.”

Philip Dickinson, Louth Academy Principal, said the Academy continues to place great emphasis on health and fitness.

“All-round fitness makes everyone feel better and young people work well in the classroom when they are feeling good about themselves. This has been a very difficult year for everyone and I am so proud of how the students and staff have carried on throughout the difficult times. We are all now looking to be the best versions of ourselves and exercise and healthy eating go a long way towards that.”

Year 9 students, Lennon Dovey, Paige Harriman and Jess Hopps (all 14) with fruit and pasta pots at break time as the Academy promotes good health and mental well-being following the Covid pandemic.

Regular exercise is top of the agenda at Louth Academy.

Mouthwatering, colourful food is tempting children (and staff) to eat more healthy.

Wall displays remind everyone of the benefits of good food and exercise.

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Philip C Dickinson
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