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Foundation's new 'Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds' programme

Benenden
By Ian Appleyard | 7th September 2017

York City Football Club Foundation and club sponsors Benenden are collaborating to offer 2,000 schoolchildren healthy lifestyle workshops this Autumn.

The “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” programme - designed by YCFC Foundation professionals - will be delivered around the framework of Benenden’s national campaign, "Eat, Train, Sleep, Repeat."

As part of Benenden’s vision to become the UK’s leading health and wellbeing mutual community, the organisation educates its members on the importance of understanding what the body needs when it comes to rest, nutrition and activity levels and how this ties in with leading a healthy lifestyle.

YCFC Foundation have adapted these principles to deliver in schools - offering interactive classroom-based sessions and physical activities to primary school children.

Paula Stainton, Foundation Manager said: “These workshops have been designed following the resounding success of the schools outreach programme over the last few years where we have delivered various workshops from 'healthy eating' to 'anti-bullying' to 'sugar free'.

"We feel that this particular theme is very topical with more emphasis on young people's mental health and with many young people engaging more and more in gaming and phone-based activities right up until, and even delaying, their bedtimes. Despite many parents fighting the cause, the after-effects of less sleep or broken sleep from this can be evident in the classroom.”

Emmie Wise, CSR and Engagement Co-ordinator at Benenden said: “At Benenden, we believe that education is one of the key ingredients to improving health, no matter the age of the learner.

"We are so pleased to see YCFC Foundation taking our 'Eat, Train, Sleep, Repeat' campaign into schools and even happier to see the link between physical and mental health so well understood and communicated in this instance.”

Paula added: “We want to educate and inform the young people themselves. We have had fantastic feedback from previous workshops, both from schools and families, but most importantly from the children themselves about how it has made them think differently. Everything we do is about having a positive impact on the lives of the people we work with. So we are really looking forward to these new sessions.”

As well as being informative, the programme will also provide a longer-term focus so that the young people can chart their activity for a week after the workshops as part of a challenge for their class to accumulate the most steps to win an overall prize.

Benenden will provide each child with their very own pedometer to take home as part of the challenge.

Any schools wishing to take up the offer of these free workshops for the Autumn term should contact the Foundation Office on 01904 559508 or community@yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk

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