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Health Programme for Schools



Many of the key health behaviours such as smoking, obesity, lack of physical activity and poor nutrition are significant in the development of chronic disease.  These behaviours increase an individual’s risk of developing of CHD, Stroke and COPD. In Northern Ireland, 25% of children aged 2 – 10 years old are either overweight (19%) or obese (6%).

Smoking is another area that NICHS must tackle schools photo with children. Statistics from 2010 suggest that 83% of smokers start in their teens. Figures showed that 8% of 11 – 15 year olds in Northern Ireland smoked. NICHS estimate that 12 children every day, 86 per week and 372 per month take up the habit in Northern Ireland. The estimate is based on NHS figures on trends for drinking and drug use among young people up to the age of 15.

Therefore, NICHS must tackle these issues with young people to aid the prevention of chest, heart and stroke illnesses in the future.  The schools programme targets primary and secondary school aged children to try and modify their behaviour before long term damage can occur.

Our ‘Choose Healthy Stuff’ Programme for schools builds on three years’ experience visiting over 160 primary schools across Northern Ireland.

Level 1 – Choose Healthy Stuff Talks

Primary and Secondary School Health Promotion Talks

– 30 minute or 60 minute talk;

For more information, please click here to download a PDF about our Schools and Community Health Programme, or email our Health Promotion department on


Level 2 – Choose Healthy Stuff Teachers Resource pack

– This is a Primary School teachers’ resource pack, suitable for P4 – P7:

  • Lesson plans about healthy eating, physical activity and the dangers of smoking.

  • “Choose Healthy Stuff” challenge

  • “Choose Healthy Stuff” quizz

  • Fundraising pack

To access these resources please fill out the form below and you will be redirected to the webpage where you can download them. 

Level 2 Teachers Resources


Level 3 – Chester’s Challenge (Primary Extended Schools Only)

Three week P5 or P6 schools programme:

– Physical activity and the heart;

– Eat your way to health;

 – Stamp out smoking.

These workshops have been updated and are supported by a workbook and handouts.

For more information, please click here to download a PDF about Chester’s Challenge.

We would ask that £1 per student is donated to NICHS for our Primary School programmes, and £2 per student for our Secondary School programmes or alternatively, your school can fundraise for NICHS.