Healthy Harold teaches good habits

Gloucester Public School kindergarten class meet Harold for the first time. Photo Anne Keen
Gloucester Public School kindergarten class meet Harold for the first time. Photo Anne Keen

Healthy Harold is a nostalgic memory for many Australians.

School children around the country have been learning healthy lifestyle habits from yellow giraffe for nearly 40 years and he recently made a stop in Gloucester.

Harold, the mascot for the Life Education program, was spotted at Gloucester Public School on Wednesday May 23 and later at Barrington Public School on Thursday May 31.

Groups of students took turns visiting Harold in the Life Education van were they learned about food and nutrition, personal safety, physical activity, cyber safety and safety with medicine.

Part of the Life Education program is to provide students the opportunity to develop strategies, and practice the skills required to avoid the harms associated with an unhealthy lifestyle. 

Each module presents an issue or issues with memorable and engaging activities.

Barrington Public School students learning about meal time etiquette with devices. Photo Anne Keen

Barrington Public School students learning about meal time etiquette with devices. Photo Anne Keen

One of the topics discussed was around when is the appropriate time to use devices, with the focus being around family meal time.

Students were encouraged to think about having a family plan for switching off devices and talking about each other’s day.

The idea was for the students to understand there is a time and place for using devices.