The Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and Heart Research UK have been delivering the innovative ‘Drop the Beat’ Education Programme in schools across Wigan.
Healthy Hearts funding was awarded to the Foundation back in 2016 through Heart Research UK and has seen the WWCF provide a robust and engaging programme, teaching children the importance of developing and maintaining a healthy heart over the last school year. The sessions have included both interactive and informative classroom lessons covering learning objectives associated with the heart, heart disease, the importance of exercise, the risks of smoking, and the benefits of healthy eating and lifestyle choices.
Almost 950 children have undertaken tasks that included interactive video’s, quizzes and the design of posters and learning showcases as well as taking part in physical activity. The physical activity has also seen a new innovative twist from the WWCF with the sessions fueled by the power of music, with the aim of keeping everyone active throughout the session.
The Programme saw huge interest as soon as details were released back in September with school bookings being taken up to the final Summer term!
Commenting on the programme, Mike Wearden, WWCF Project Manager said:
“The project has been an amazing success and a huge learning experience not just for the children and schools involved but for all the Foundation staff and myself included. The children have loved every second and the demand for the sessions has blown all expectations.
“We’re extremely grateful to Heart Research UK for funding the project, and we will certainly be looking to continue the offer into 2018.”
Heart Research UK
Heart Research UK is a visionary national charity that has been helping hearts near you for nearly 50 years, funding ground-breaking medical research that benefits patients as soon as possible. Over the last 10 years we have awarded over £10.2m supporting medical research in universities and hospitals across the UK. We’ve also given over £1.7m for innovative community-based lifestyle projects that help people locally to have healthier, happier and longer lives. Unique, for a national charity, we spend money where it is given, helping hearts near you.