Website to help keep kids healthy – Nottinghamshire
Website to help keep kids Healthy – A new interactive health website aimed at 5 – 11 year olds will provide a one-stop shop for young people’s health needs and concerns.
Health for Kids is a fun and exciting website to help primary school children think about how they can stay healthy and be more aware of issues including exercise, sun protection, healthy eating, puberty and sleep.
The website has been created with the help of primary school children and focuses on the type of information, support and advice they would find most useful when thinking about illness and staying healthy.
Illnesses and conditions that may affect this age range are also explained such as asthma, diabetes, allergies and head lice as well as emotional wellbeing linked to bullying and anxiety.
Commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council and developed and managed by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, the facility will provide general content and specific items localised to Nottinghamshire.
The website states what children should do in an emergency, as well as what constitutes an emergency, and explains the role of a school nurse and a doctor.
Dr Kate Allen, Public Health Consultant at Nottinghamshire County Council, said that the Health for Kids brand was developed following the popularity of the successful and award-winning Health for Teens website.
Dr Allen said: “Teaching children from an early age about healthy foods, what happens to their bodies as they grow, how to look after their teeth, the dangers of cigarettes and alcohol and the importance of getting enough sleep is an important aspect of education and Health for Kids is a good way to get messages to children.
“The interactive games, puzzles and quizzes are all designed to engage children in activities that are fun whilst giving them information that will help them make clever healthy choices as they get older.”
The website will also have sections for parents/carers and teachers which will provide advice about how to get most benefit from the site.
Dr Allen added: “Presenting key health topics through friendly characters like Factbot and Maggie the School Nurse and themed worlds like Jungle World and Sci-Fi World is an exciting way to introduce children to the world of health.”
You can find out more about what the website has to offer and activities local to Nottinghamshire at www.healthforkids.co.uk