Cavan schools involved in healthy homework programme

Only 4 in 10 children are getting adequate levels of physical activity per day

Six schools in County Cavan are taking part in the latest edition of the successful health homework programme.

Endorsed by Healthy Ireland, the Laya Super Troopers programme has benefitted more than one million children since its launch six years ago and 600 schools will take part in the programme this academic year.

The schools that took part include Aughadreena N.S. in Stradone; Bailieboro N.S., Baileborough; St. Mary's N.S., Arva; Curravagh N.S., Glangevlin; Gaelscoil Bhréifne, Cavan Town; Bruskey N.S., Ballinagh.

Laya healthcare released the findings of a national research study examining the overall health and wellbeing of children aged 9 – 12 in Ireland. The study explores the status of the physical, nutritional, and mental health of children and ‘tweenagers’ shows that only 4 in 10 children are getting adequate levels of physical activity per day and 5% of children aged 9-12 are not exercising on a daily basis.

Three quarters (76%) of parents of children claim they would like to see more of their child's current homework being focused on learning about nutrition and physical and mental well-being.

As Ireland’s first health homework initiative, Laya Super Troopers encourages children and families to integrate achievable yet impactful activities into their daily lives.

The newest element in the established Super Troopers health homework programme has just been launched.

The 28-part series aims to provide families and children with fun activities and advice on how to promote a healthier lifestyle for all the family.

The series, which features stars such as Johnny Sexton, Anna Geary and Karl Henry alongside well-known personalities, sportspeople and health and wellness experts, focuses on nutrition, physical activity, and mental wellbeing. Hosted by child presenters MJ Kearin (12), Daniel Shields (14) and Juliet McKenna (12), the Laya Super Troopers TV episodes are available to everyone and feature an array of fun activities, advice, and lots of challenges for children, parents and teachers to do themselves. The first episode of Laya Super Troopers TV was launched on Monday, September 20 at