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Action Cancer and Centra have presented their eighth annual health awards to seventy-nine schools across Northern Ireland.

The health-conscious schools were acknowledged for their innovative approaches to health education for pupils, including extra-curricular exercise programmes, healthy meals and cancer awareness projects. The number of schools receiving awards is up almost 30 per cent on last year, showing a marked improvement in the standard of health promotion in Northern Ireland schools, Action Cancer says.

The awards are part of Action Cancer’s Health Action initiative, which offers a range of health promotion roadshows for schools and colleges, and is sponsored by Centra. Over 300,000 young people have taken part in Health Action since 2003.

Developed specifically for Northern Ireland schools, Health Action aims to educate young people on the importance of a healthy diet, care in the sun and the need to take exercise to help reduce future incidences of cancer and save lives. The award-winning programme is supported by Centra retailers across the province, who have raised more than £600,000 to fund Health Action over the past seven years.

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