Health Champs brings health education to students in Dubai

September marked the launch of Health Champs, a health education campaign. The program engaged nearly 1000 primary school students who learned as they played their way through the activity-packed program which uses demonstrations, role plays, activities and games to transfer key information on sugar consumption, heart health, the benefits of an active lifestyle, and how to make smart nutritional choices.

Volunteers and Action Care manned the individual activities and stations together with Little Feet Champs — young graduates of the Little Feet Program conducted by Action Care, Emirates NBD and Ahdaaf Football Club. A Health Champs booklet containing child-friendly recipes and try-at-home challenges reinforced the key message: healthy living is a lot of fun!

I must start by saying that I was very hesitant to participate and be a volunteer as I have never been involved in something like this. But doing so has totally changed my thinking. It opened my eyes to see that it was fun being surrounded by children who are so enthusiastic in wanting to learn so much more of not just a language but also interacting with us, all from totally different cultures and background. Yes, I am so glad that I did volunteer, even if I have not made a great impact on their lives, they definitely left me walking out that night with a smile on my face and sweet memories that I will carry with me for a long time. Thank you Action Care for giving me this opportunity.

Annesta Sathianathan