Top Marks for Forth Valley School Health Programme

Twelve schools across Forth Valley – seven of which are in the Falkirk area –  have received 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 have each been 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.’

Pictured receiving their framed T shirt are pupils from St Andrews Primary School, Falkirk, accompanied by P6 teacher Paul Burnett and head teacher Catherine Devlin.

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.