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Deeside College students teach Flintshire schoolchildren about healthy living

A-LEVEL health and social care students from Deeside College have been busy promoting a healthy lifestyle to hundreds of youngsters from across Flintshire.

As part of their Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification, the group visited three primary schools to raise awareness of a range of important health topics to pupils aged five-seven.

Topics covered included sun safety, the dangers of alcohol and smoking and the importance of dental health and eating healthily.

To engage with the youngsters, the students devised games, quizzes, information leaflets and fun give-aways.

Welsh speakers Jodie Williams and Angharad Birch visited Ysgol Maes Garmon in Mold to speak to pupils in Years 7 and 8.

Other group members educated health and social care students on other courses at the college and some joined with sports students to promote the dangers of smoking to students and staff on national No Smoking Day.

Deeside College health and social care lecturer Gina Marsden said: “Health promotion is an intrinsic part of any health care worker’s role.

“The experience the students have gained from this activity will give them a strong grounding in the kind of thing they’ll be asked to do in their future careers.”

Student Jodie Williams from Holywell said: “Visiting the local schools has been a worthwhile and rewarding experience and given us an insight in to what we might be doing when we leave college.

“We think the pupils liked hearing an important message from someone nearer their own age.”

Shirley Minton, head of programmes for the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification at Deeside College, added: “This is the Welsh Baccalaureate at its best where students link their main course to a wider issue which helps others.

“I’d like to congratulate this group on what has been a successful and well-received initiative that has really benefited our own students at Deeside College and also the wider community.”