Welcome to Looking after ME
‘Looking after ME’ is a program developed by the Hawthorn Football Club for primary school students. It aims to address current issues relating to nutrition, physical activity and mental health in a meaningful way that promotes long-lasting behavioural change.
The program is free for schools and complements the Tasmania Department of Health and Human Services Move Well Eat Well Primary School Award Program (www.movewelleatwell.tas.gov.au).
‘Looking after ME’ is delivered over seven topics, each with a particular nutrition, physical activity or mental health focus. You can find more information about the topics at the bottom of this page. The topics are supported by a student facts interactive (available in the Students section) that contains information written specifically for children.
To help you support your children with this program, we have provided some healthy lunchbox recipe ideas in the side menu.
Parents / Carers can register too!
If you would like full access to the ‘Looking after ME’ resources, you are welcome to register (in the Teachers section).
What are the topics?
Here you will find further information about each of the topics in the ‘Looking after ME’ program.
Water should be children’s primary drink. In this topic students will explore how water is essential for the successful functioning of their body and research to discover nutritional information about other drinks they may consume.
Here students will be introduced to the idea of ‘eating a rainbow’ of fruits and vegetables by looking at the five colour groups they can be sorted into. The ‘Healthy Plate’ diagram will show students how much should be consumed from each food group per day; this information will be used to help students create healthy lunchbox ideas. To complete this topic, students will research to find out which produce is grown locally throughout the year.
In topic 3, students will identify which foods are considered ‘occasional’ foods and how they can replace these with healthier options. They will also investigate the persuasive techniques that advertisers use to encourage us to buy and consume these products. Finally, they will consider their local community and the services it provides to support healthy eating choices.
In this topic, students will brainstorm ways that they enjoy being active, keep a physical activity diary and set some personal goals to increase the time they spend being physically active each day. To complete the topic, students will work in small groups to set up a ‘Come ‘n’ Try’ day with activities that other students (and staff or parents) can try.
In topic 5, students will record how much time they spend engaged with screens (TV, phones, tablets, PCs etc.) then think about how they can replace this with other activities they enjoy. They also take a critical look at why some of the screen activities (in particular games) are so addictive. Using the information they discover, students will design an outdoor nature play space encompassing some of the features of digital games.
Here students will explore how they currently travel to and from school, alternative ways of travelling to school, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Students will identify the features of safe travel routes and discover how they can make their personal journey to school safer. A ‘walk or ride’ club will be established to encourage students to travel to school in an active way, with incentives offered to students who participate.
In this topic, students will consider various aspects of mental health. They will identify the people in their life who are supportive and help them make positive choices, acknowledge their own positive traits and talents, and learn how to manage their emotions in a productive way.