An important part of my role is to promote overall health and wellbeing among the pupils. I do a lot of teaching about positive lifestyle choices, which includes healthy eating.

So, when I first came across World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and all the information it provides to help people eat healthily, I remember thinking: “This has to be the best charity in the world” because it is giving people the information and the power to keep themselves healthy and cancer-free. Knowledge is power – we can use it to help ourselves.

Healthy mind and body

I also teach my students about mindfulness, meditation, compassion and resilience, and I firmly believe that a healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand.

I love doing talks and demonstrations for the pupils about things like the importance of eating a ‘rainbow’ of fruit and vegetables – it’s a really visual way to promote healthy eating, and the pupils are always so interested and enthusiastic about how pretty the foods look.

My job is a real joy for me – I’m passionate about what I’m teaching; I get to change hearts and minds, and a new generation are growing up hearing these important messages. 

I think it's massively important to take control of your health and make informed choices. WCRF helped me teach my pupils and my own children about a healthy lifestyle and it gives us the ability to make choices which are scientifically based. The whole nation would be in a better state of health, with a reduced risk of cancer, if they followed WCRF’s cancer prevention advice.

Our new children and families project

WCRF are working on an exciting new project to help children and their families lead healthier lives. We know that a healthy start in life can reduce the risk of many diseases, including cancer, later on. We are currently in the research stages of this project and will keep you updated on our progress. For more information email informed@wcrf.org.