ACE Schools Programme nutrition research project in the community
The ACE (Activity Confidence Eating) Schools Programme is an example of a whole school intervention, focused on promoting four main aspects of health within the school i.e. nutrition, physical activity, mental and dental health. The programme is part of the Health Promoting Schools initiative in the midlands region. The programme aims to encourage schools to develop health promoting environments; making the healthy choice the easier choice for all in the school community. Each school that signs up to the ACE Schools Programme will aim to work towards an award / recognition level of their choice and will be helped supported through out the academic year by the programme’s ACE Schools Supporter. This academic year (2015-2016) the ACE Schools Programme will be rolled out across the 4 counties of the midlands: Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath.
The ACE Schools Programme Supporter:
The researcher will carry out the following tasks:
• Provide support for existing schools in the ACE Schools Programme.
• Provide support for existing ACE Schools to register for the HPS programme.
• Provide training and support for new schools recruited into the ACE Schools Programme through the Health Promoting Schools Programme.
• Liaison with Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service and Health Promoting Schools Officers.
• Development of newsletters for schools throughout the academic year.
• ACE Schools website maintenance throughout the academic school year.
• Recording all information gathered at each school visit and provision of formal reports on school progress.
• Award / recognition level determination in consultation with ACE Schools Programme Team.