A picture of health

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 March, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 March, 2002, 12:00am

CARNIVALS, CAMPING, judo and yoga classes are all good for your health and, from tomorrow, 12 schools will be bringing that message to your community.

The schools are the winners of $278,000 awarded in the Brand's Community Health Promotion Programme, organised by Brand's Health Education Fund. The winners will use the grants to implement their projects.

The programme aims to raise awareness of long-term health maintenance. A health survey last year involving six Asian territories revealed that Hong Kong people place the lowest value on health.

The 12 schools will have until May to implement their proposals.

St Rose of Lima's College plans to advise students on ways to better manage stress during examinations and St Catharine's School for Girls will stage a carnival to strengthen parent/child relationships.

SKH Tang Shiu Kin Secondary School will provide healthy food on campus and arrange for a visit from a nutritionist while Christian Alliance SW Chan Memorial College will target the scourge of Hong Kong and keep their washrooms clean and decorated.

Other schools will take their projects further into the community with environmental protection activities (St Paul's Convent School), a clean-up of Stanley Beach and tours for the elderly and disabled (Diocesan Girls' School), and a weekend health care visit for the elderly (Tsung Tsin College).

YCH No 2 Secondary School went straight for the fun stuff and will be promoting camping as a path to a healthier life.

The team from Tsung Tsin College plans to use a 'healthy mascot' to spearhead their programme which includes a family sports day. 'We want to help parents and their children to get on better and have more chances to communicate with each other,' says Wong Lik-hak, a teacher at the school.

Student Chan Lok-man, 14, says: 'People who are lonely or feeling low can find a happier life by participating in sports and other activities.'

Students and teachers from SKH Tang Shiu Kin Secondary School said they had enjoyed developing their ideas which included judo and yoga classes.

'It's important for people to take time out from their stressful everyday business, relax and think about their future,' says 17-year-old student Tong Shuk-yee.

Teacher Chu Ko Kam-chee said the school intended to use the student union radio channel to promote their programme and encourage participation.

The Brand's programme is co-organised by the Education Department, Hospital Authority and Government Educational Staff Union.

Sammy Tang, chief executive officer of Cerebos (Hong Kong) which established Brand's Health Education Fund, and a member of the judging panel, said the quality of the proposals was very high. 'Young people can use the resources they have available to influence their families and communities,' he says.

Schools will submit evaluations of the implementation process in June.