Pupils get active to achieve Healthy Hearts in Hemel!

Published: 25 Jun 2019

Primary school pupils from Hemel Hempstead put their hearts and ‘soles’ into Hertfordshire County Council’s Healthy Hearts in Hemel week-long initiative.

Organised by the county council, the scheme encouraged pupils to walk to school, complete runs and enjoy some fun activities, while keeping their hearts healthy and active.

Running from Monday 17 June to Friday 21 June, the pupils were urged to walk, scoot or cycle to school and then write their times on heart stickers, along with comments about what they enjoyed about their eco-friendly trip, all to display on a classroom poster.

On Tuesday, all children walking to school were asked decorate their shoes with anything red (to match the red heart theme of the campaign), such as ribbon or bright laces, and they could wear red clothing to school on Wednesday.

In recognition of Clean Air Day on Thursday, each pupil was given an activity sheet with a selection of red items for them to spot on the way to school and on Friday pupils re-timed their walking journey to school to see if they had increased their speed, and their fitness, since Monday.

Meanwhile, Year 6 pupils from four schools – Holtsmere End Junior School, Brockswood Primary School, Broadfield Primary School and Hobletts Manor Junior School - took part in a healthy heart fun run between schools on Friday.

The week culminated with two schools in each area joining together, with Year Six students running around the school field and joining their ‘hearts’ together to making one complete heart. All of the four schools who took part received a trophy for their efforts.


Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment, Cllr Phil Bibby said: “A huge thank you to our Hemel Hempstead schools and their communities for making this week such an enjoyable and active one for our young residents.


“It’s really nice to see young people in Hertfordshire leading the way for sustainable school travel and setting a good example for the rest of the county by choosing more environmentally friendly modes of travelling to and from school.”


The event was supported by Planet Ice, the Hemel Hempstead ice skating arena, who worked in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to support the Healthy Hearts in Hemel campaign.


Planet Ice General Manager, Kerstin Engren, who presented this year’s award said: “We are happy to support this great initiative. At Planet Ice we are committed to encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle within the local community.


“It is good to educate our children about the health importance of taking exercise and particularly walking as it will result in healthier adults in the future.”