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New CCA to promote healthy living among youth

The new CCA in Canberra Secondary, called the Health Promotion Club, aims to get young people to encourage their peers to live healthily.
The Straits Times - September 25, 2012
By: Goh Shi Ting
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New CCA to promote healthy living among youth Student members of the new Health Promotion Club at Canberra Secondary School showing off the healthy cookies and displays they have made to promote healthy living among their peers and others in the community. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

CANBERRA Secondary is the first school chosen to run a new co-curricular activity (CCA) launched yesterday by the Health Promotion Board (HPB).

The school's strong emphasis on leading a healthy lifestyle is evident in its well-equipped gymnasium as well as a canteen that serves healthy set meals.

The new CCA, called the Health Promotion Club, aims to get young people to encourage their peers to live healthily.

HPB will provide the relevant training and resources for the students, as well as grants of up to $1,000 for each student-led project that reaches out to other students or the community.

"If people look at being healthy as just going for physical education lessons, we might not be hitting the right note," said Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, at the launch. "We also want them to beef up their lifestyle by having a balanced diet as well as managing their mental well-being."

In the new CCA, renamed Health Nexus by the school, students are awarded points according to their leadership skills, proficiency in health issues and participation at the school, community or national level.

HPB plans to roll out the CCA to four more secondary schools by year end and a total of 20 schools by 2015.

After finishing secondary school, the students can join HPB's network of health ambassadors to advocate healthy living in the community.

There are 22 Health Nexus members at Canberra Secondary. With the Jelutong Community Club's youth executive committee, they are organising a health promotion event for young adults modelled on The Amazing Race, to be held at the end of the year.

"At first, our friends thought it was strange to have health promotion as a CCA," said club member and netball player, Siti Sarah Salamed, 15, who was nominated to join the club.

"But we have learnt a lot about health issues and by doing this, we help other students when we reach out to them."

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