Nurse Denis Dixon and two colourful friends give Warwick High School Students get a healthy dose of fresh fruit to celebrate Health Week.
Nurse Denis Dixon and two colourful friends give Warwick High School Students get a healthy dose of fresh fruit to celebrate Health Week. Kirstin Payne

Fruit on the menu during Health Week

HUNGRY hands and happy faces enjoyed free fruit platters at Warwick State High School as they celebrated Health Week.

School nurse Denis Dixon said the week-long event was chock full of activities that focus on diet, mental health and exercise.

Vegie Man and Sid the Seagull handed out fruit platters while local dietician Elia Faa gave a cooking demonstration during lunch time.

Fitness classes were also held during the lunch breaks as part of the week's activities.

"We like to highlight every facit of health for teenagers," Mrs Dixon said, while paying special attention to teen diets.

"Diet is a concern for young people across the board not just Warwick High; we find there is more focus on soft drinks and energy drinks than just water intake.

"Often people of this age eat very little through the day and go without breakfast."

Mental health was also a large part of the program and remains consistent in the curriculum throughout the year.

"In class education on depression and anxiety has been a huge shift over the past couple of years," she said. "With one in four young people suffering from a mental health illness in their life it's great to see this issue discussed."

According to Year 12 students Kristy Page and Gabby Fischer this education is working.

The girls were both able to list depression warning signals they should look out for.

"Always tired, can't concentrate, always wants to be alone," Kristy said.

The pair also well versed in basic nutrition said they did have breakfast before school that day.

However Health Week was all about the food for Year 12 student Jazz Namana.

"I just love fruit," he said.



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