Over 30 young people in East Northamptonshire got together to take part in a healthy and active lifestyles conference in Rushden last week.
East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) organises a Youth in East Northamptonshire (YEN) conference each year to bring together students from secondary schools across the district.
This year’s conference was all about the benefits of eating healthily and the importance of being active. It saw 32 young people from Rushden Academy, Huxlow Science College and the Ferrers School engaging in fun and physical activities, including a warm up exercise routine and a heart racing spin class!
Led by Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, the young people were involved in Eat Well activities where they learnt about food labels, sugars in breakfast cereals and what food groups different foods belong to. The students then got to taste test unusual fruits and vegetables and make their own healthy smoothies.
Students also had the chance to find out more about and talk to ENC Councillors, Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Freedom Leisure, Service Six and Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs.
The day went down well with the pupils, with feedback such as ‘it was fun and entertaining,’ ‘spin class was hard work but good fun,’ and ‘I tried food that I had never even heard of.’
ENC’s Vice Chairman, Councillor Wendy Brackenbury, who opened the conference, said:
“It was great to see so many young people from local schools take part in the conference. They made the most of the opportunity to speak with representatives and ask questions and should be congratulated on the manner in which they participated.The pupils were good ambassadors for their respective schools and I would like to thank them for making the day such a success.”
Information about services for young people can be found at: www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/YEN