Health Promotion Board Student Health Ambassador Programme For Primary Schools: Yuhua Primary School
Opportunities come and go. When the next opportunity comes, ask yourself if you are well prepared to grasp it. I asked myself and my answer is “I’m ready”.
This is the same conviction I have developed over the years to guide me along and strive for greater heights in life. I’m pleased to share with everyone that my company Lionel Lim Lifestyle Works was recently appointed the official service provider for Health Promotion Board’s nation-wide programme – the Student Health Ambassador Programme.
As the name suggests, you will soon be seeing me and my team permeate into the classrooms of both primary and secondary schools across Singapore in a bid to spread the messages of health, wellness and positive living to selected student leaders, who will after the two-day workshop, in turn spread the same messages back in their respective schools.
Our first stop was Yuhua Primary School which doubled up as the hosting school. Located in the western part of Singapore, we welcomed the students from Yuhua Primary School, Qifa Primary School and Hong Kah Primary School.
I really love the energy of the students. Albeit only of Primary Five level, they were able to absorb the concepts quickly, translate them into mindmaps on flipcharts and present like professionals. We decided on the onset to include as many games in each of the different modules. Why play games? Games are a great way to observe how people behave in the real world. And through games, we are able to extract valuable life lessons on the modules.
Concepts will only remain concepts unless we learn how to translate them into everyday practice. For example, when I shared on the food pyramid with the students, I also got them to do a time-based fitting of the various food items into the four food clusters.
Besides good nutrition, exercising regularly was also incorporated into the programme. Say hello to the orange resistance bands. Stretch here, stretch there and work those muscles!
Individual work and team games apart, the highlight of the programme must be the individual presentation and project planning moments. At their tender age, all were able to speak off the cuff. I couldn’t remember doing as well as them when I was at their age. And when it came to project planning, brainstorming ruled as ideas build upon ideas…culminating in a glorious moment.