Local school stays fit and healthy thanks to Glasgow Airport
22 May 2012
Pupils at Glencoats Primary School in Ferguslie have got their health and well-being campaign off to a flying start, thanks to Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund, which donated £2,528 to the programme.
The health and well-being campaign, which the airport has supported for the past four years, is an exciting initiative which aims to provide pupils of Glencoats with a good understanding of the benefits of health eating and living.
The airport’s donation will fund a number of campaigns, including the popular “Cook and Eat” sessions, which encourage pupils and their parents to cook cost effective meals. The sessions, which take place within the school, not only promote healthy eating, but have proven to raise children’s confidence, self esteem and attendance at school.
The funding has also gone to support each class with a 'Come Dine Me' session, whereby each class hosts a dinner party. These parties are different ways of learning about healthy cost effective ways to cook and also promote, good social skills and peer relations.
To keep the young people active, the airport’s cash injection will also be used to purchase gym shoes and t-shirts for all pupils.
Campbell MacKinnon, operations director at Glasgow Airport, said: “The health and well-being campaign is a fantastic programme, which recognises the long term benefits of eating well and staying active. The team at Glencoats do a terrific job raising the importance of healthy eating in a fun and dynamic way and we are only too happy to continue our support for the campaign.”
Jim Sheridan, MP for Paisley North, said: “The health and awareness campaign is a great initiative and provides young people with an excellent opportunity to learn new ways of keeping healthy as they grow into adults. I'm sure the programme will be a roaring success and I am delighted Glasgow Airport has continued their valuable support to the pupils of Glencoates Primary.”
Frances Robertson, a Renfrewshire Council Home Link Worker, who is leading the project, said: “We are all very grateful for the continued support of Glasgow Airport. The funding goes a long way in promoting healthy and active lifestyles. So it's a big thank you to Glasgow Airport for their continued support.”