Deanburn Primary has been singled out for a very special award by NHS Forth Valley to mark six years participation in a healthy eating programme.
The school were presented with a framed ‘Max in the Middle’ gold t-shirt by the health board which will hang in pride of place within the school.
The ‘Max in the Middle’ programme attempts to empathise with and give voice to the reality of an 11-year-old ‘stuck in the middle’ of conflicting influences regarding healthy living.
Conceived as a dynamic and experimental week, it enables pupils to make informed decisions about improving their mental, emotional, social and physical well-being.
Primary 6-7 children spend a week in-school preparing and tasting food, being physically active, reflecting on their experiences and translating their learning into a drama and dance.
One of the highlights of the ‘Max in the Middle’ experience is ‘Tasty Tuesday’, when children are taught to prepare healthy foods.
Deanburn excelled in this particular section, producing such delicacies as Fruity Crumble Tumble, Salmon Boats and Oat Cakes with Cheese.
‘Max in the Middle’ was conceived and piloted in early 2007 by INTER-ACT, a team within Forth Valley Health Promotion Department.
It originally grew out of discussions from various health education teams over increasing levels of childhood obesity and a desire to try to halt the trend of high fat foods with low levels of exercise.
NHS Forth Valley’s Interim Director of Public Health, Dr Graham Foster, said: “The framed Max in the Middle gold t-shirt is a reward for the hard work put in by the children at Deanburn Primary School and recognises efforts they have made to become fitter and healthier.
“It is hoped that the lessons learned will stay with them until later life and lead to them becoming aware of the need to exercise and eat a balanced diet to keep in good health.”