Pupil health leaders showcase projects

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Pupils from Aboyne Academy were amongst those from across Aberdeenshire who met to showcase health and wellbeing projects they had led in their schools.

This was the second year of Aberdeenshire Council’s Health and Wellbeing Leaders initiative, delivered in partnership with NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

It aims to increase opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills and to impact on their communities through projects resulting in improved health.

The pupils involved have been leading projects developing the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families in their school communities.

They have been focusing on a range of areas such as mental health, substance misuse, food, health and physical activity.

Aberdeenshire Council’s director of education, learning and leisure, Maria Walker, said: “The health and wellbeing leaders in our schools have been working really hard since they attended the launch conference in June.

“The commitment of the pupils has been exemplary and they have shown tremendous enthusiasm towards their projects.

“It is great to see so many pupils involved in projects for a second year.

“The young people are clearly aware of the value of their work and the impact that it is having on their school communities.”

The project will continue into session 2012/2013.