Healthy Kidz has built a strong reputation for delivering hugely successful in-school health programmes, that focus on holistic physical activity that encourages general health and wellbeing. However, with the result of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, Healthy Kidz have not rested on its laurels. Instead it has created a pioneering online platform that will encourage pupils to maintain healthy lifestyles that can be sustained outside the classroom.
Harnessing the power of technology, this new online platform allows teachers to access a wealth of engaging and fun cross-curricular lesson plans and educational activities via the Healthy Kidz dashboard. It covers physical, wellbeing and general health and each lesson completed adds to every child’s health profile, with comprehensive health and activity reports generated on an individual, class and school level. These reports are instantly available for boards of governors, principals, teachers, pupils and parents.
In addition to the dashboard, every pupil has access to the free Healthy Kidz app. The app further encourages all children to continue their health and well-being journey outside the classroom. Pupils redeem points awarded for completed lessons and recorded at-home activities, enabling them to upgrade their Virtual Buddy avatar and move up the Healthy Kidz class league tables.
Healthy Kidz Director of Coaching Paul Carvill said: “We have been working extremely hard on this exciting new venture for Healthy Kidz. Developing our digital programme over the past number of months has resulted in a one of a kind online platform that will help teachers to deliver, record and report on their pupil’s health and wellbeing.
“As the result of schools closing, we had to be inventive. Our virtual sports day in June was a huge success with over 500 schools signed up to take part in Northern Ireland. This online solution worked, so school began requesting more online resources. Now we have an online platform that we are really proud of and its potential impact to schools and pupils globally.”
Paul adds, “We understand time constraints that principals and teachers are under, so the platform’s bespoke design is easy to navigate for teachers and live reporting functions mean the schools can access downloadable data at the click of a button.”
Principal of Hart Memorial Primary School and one of the first local schools to sign up to this year’s new digital solution, Julie Shipley said, “I’m thrilled to be on board and believe Healthy Kidz has a huge part to play in our school this year, especially when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our pupils.”
Whilst Healthy Kidz is open for schools across Northern Ireland, it is also calling on local businesses to partner with them in order to support the implementation and further development of the programme.
If you would like to know more about Healthy Kidz Digital Programme, register your school or how to get involved as a corporate partner, please get in touch at https://healthy-kidz.com/