Top Marks for Forth Valley School Health Programme

Twelve schools across Forth Valley are to get a special award this term for taking part in a programme which has given pupils a healthier lifestyle, increased confidence and resulted in better behaviour in the classroom.

They’ll each be presented with a framed ‘Max in the Middle’ T shirt to recognise their huge achievement through the Max in the Middle project, a week-long learning experience which addresses healthy weight and healthy living. A blend of drama, dance, discussion and food preparation, it is designed to help the next generation of Scottish schoolchildren make informed decisions to improve their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing.

Max in the Middle is run by INTER-ACT which is part of NHS Forth Valley.  NHS Forth Valley’s Lead Officer for Health Promotion Tom Houston said:

 The exercise explores aspects of healthier living, including physical activity and food, through the eyes of a typical 11 year old. The programme hasn’t only helped pupils but in some schools has strengthened the relationship with parents too. In Nethermains Primary in Denny for example, children and parents recorded a song about the project which achieved top marks. Around 1,000 copies of the musical tribute were distributed to groups and organisations throughout the area.”

Each year since 2011/12 the programme has been delivered to more than 2,000 children in Forth Valley: 1200 in Falkirk area, 450 in Stirling and 500 in Clackmannanshire.

Pictured presenting the framed T shirt at Cowie Primary School in Stirling is Dr Graham Foster, NHS Forth Valley’s Director of Public Health. The children had just completed a dance and movement routine featuring balance, co-ordination and imagination and set themselves several challenges such as eating healthier – hence the five-a-day vegetables!