“This project demonstrates excellent value for money and effective use of the PE and School Sport Premium. We are looking to embed a whole school ethos of health and wellbeing through movement, better nutrition, lifestyle habits and healthy mindsets. The project apart from others by building capacity in the school staff to deliver the programme for themselves. We will therefore not need to employ Ilse for more than is necessary. This sustainability is so important in ensuring that money is wisely accounted for and not used as a one off payment with no legacy to follow. With all the positivity and the growth mindset strategies that emanate from the Children’s Health Project, it is inevitable that the attainment and achievement of the children will improve. The children’s reference to Mindset Warrior when faced with a difficult problem to solve has been used around the school in different year groups as the children have really related to the cartoon Health Champions. I am very excited about this project and hope that in a year’s time St. Michael’s will have fully embedded this across the whole school, seeing excellent academic results and happy, hard – working children who can face the rigours of life in the 21st century.”

Maria Rumsey
St. Michael’s CE VA Junior School

“The work of The Children’s Health Project has inspired my class to lead healthier lifestyles, both at home and in school. The materials that Ilse uses are engaging and inspiring. The use of four characters, Captain Kinetic, Agent Lifestyle, Nutrition Ninja and Mindset Warrior allowed the children to grasp a clear understanding of the four main areas of health. They have spent time at home talking with their parents about changes that the whole family could make to become healthier. I have been particularly impressed by how the sessions have allowed the children to gain a deep understanding of how the things you put into your body have an impact on its performance. I have noticed that the children are choosing healthier habits by drinking more water, taking brain breaks and excitedly telling me of the new foods they have tried at home with their families. During our PE lessons I have seen that children have a more positive attitude to challenge and embrace it rather than being afraid to try. In class we have tried to relate tricky situations back to the four characters, asking, ‘What would Mindset Warrior say?’ when children have negative thoughts. I can’t wait to carry on working with the project next year with my new class and the rest of the school.”

Clare Morris
Year 3 Class Teacher and Health Ambassador
St Michael’s CE VA Junior School

Parents have offered the following feedback about our workshops in schools:

“What a difference! My son has now swapped his sugary cereal for Weetabix and even chooses to add berries to it each morning.”

“This workshop was useful because I found the information about the food groups, and their function in children’s bodies. I am looking forward to trying some of the different breakfast recipes and getting more exercise as a whole family”

“Both my children are now having peanut butter for breakfast, which has kept them fuller for longer and they’ve said has helped them concentrate in the mornings”

“I thought it was great that my son could be there to listen to the information and also try the alternative breakfast foods. We’ll be buying new foods this week using the shopping cheat sheets”

“ I find the amounts of sugar in foods shocking! The lists of healthy fats, carbohydrates and proteins is very useful. I’ll be sticking them on my fridge at home!”

“Thank you for the new ideas for adding extra vegetables into our meals, hopefully my son will start to eat some of the fruits and vegetables he tried in the workshops”

Children have answered our questions about the children’s workshops:

What have you learnt by taking part in The Children’s Health Project?

“I have started to eat more fruit”
“How lovely food tastes without sugar”
“I am checking the sugar in foods”
“I have learnt a breathing method that calms me down”
“To think positive thoughts!’
“What I have in my body”
“To look out for how many teaspoons of sugar there are in my food”
“How the seeds tasted nice mixed with yoghurt”
“I know that moving my body is healthy”
“I have leant to try new foods even if I’m not sure”
“I have learnt to keep my mind healthy with positive affirmations”
“You are only supposed to have 6 teaspoons of sugar per day”
“I have learnt to have fun but safely, and to keep moving because it is good for me”
“How to get healthy and which foods make us healthy”
“How vitamins and minerals work in your body”
“I know which foods are good for which part of your body”
“How foods help your body”
“I know how to make a healthy Ninja Bowl!”
“Which types of sugar we are allowed”
“I have learnt how important it is to drink water and brush my teeth”
“I know it’s not healthy to use electronics for very long”
“Tomatoes are good for your heart!”
“To have FUN!”
“Papaya and orange foods are good for your eyes”
“I learnt how to do press ups!”
“I need to have healthy habits like drinking water and getting outside”
“How to have a healthy mind with healthy thoughts”
“I have learnt that going out in the sun is fun!”

Why did you like taking part?

“We learnt how to be healthy in a fun way”
“We met the Health Champions and got to know them”
“I loved making Ninja Bowls”
“I loved meeting Mindset Warrior”
“Doing the homework was really fun but it made me think as well”
“I tasted food I have never tried before”
“It gave me more understanding of what I have to do to be healthy”
“I liked it when we counted how much sugar the girl had”
“We did so many fun things that are healthy”
“Because we got to try new foods”
“It was awesome!”

Who is your health role model?

“My teacher because I know her really well and can trust her”
“Captain Kinetic because he gets me moving”
“My Grandad because he eats really healthy food and moves a lot”
“Mindset Warrior because she thinks healthy thoughts and is kind”
“My Mum because she encourages me to try new foods”
“Mindset Warrior because she teaches me to think positive of myself. She helps me know I’m a good person since I already know I’m good to my friends and family”
“Captain Kinetic because he moves a lot and is a sporty person like me”
“Nutrition Ninja because I learnt lots about my health, which foods are good for my body and I got a chance to try grapes for the first time”
“Lola because she always check the rules and I think that helps my mind so I don’t accidently get into the habit of doing something naughty and feel bad”
“Mindset Warrior because she’s calm and thoughtful”
“My teacher because she helps me expand my mind”
“Mrs Fullarton because she has showed me how to stay healthy and Mindset Warrior because she helps me with my thoughts”
“Alex because he keeps me happy by making me laugh”
“Agent Lifestyle because I need to drink more water and sometimes go in the shade”
“My Mum because she’s like Mindset Warrior and the other Health Champions because she thinks positive”
“Agent Lifestyle because I have water and sun cream from home, and sunglasses and a hat”