Mindarie Senior College expo puts health in focus

Hepatitis WA staff Donna Leitch and Bianca Fish with students Robyn Bennett and Chantelle Bailey. Pictures: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au   d470820
​Students Grace Leigh and Jessica Young and MLA Burns Beach Mark Folkard and St John Ambulance Volunteer Nathan King.
​Mercy Care staff Nicolle Straw and Kristy Sears with Ysabel Rogers and Ethan Davies.
​Students Anya Harris, Connor Heywood and Jack Burke with Surf Life Saving WA Life Guards Dara and Andrea.
Hepatitis WA staff Donna Leitch and Bianca Fish with students Robyn Bennett and Chantelle Bailey. Pictures: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d470820 ​Students Grace Leigh and Jessica Young and MLA Burns Beach Mark Folkard and St John Ambulance Volunteer Nathan King. ​Mercy Care staff Nicolle Straw and Kristy Sears with Ysabel Rogers and Ethan Davies. ​Students Anya Harris, Connor Heywood and Jack Burke with Surf Life Saving WA Life Guards Dara and Andrea.

HEALTH issues were front of mind for Mindarie teenagers at a recent school event.

Mindarie Senior College Year 12 co-leader and health and physical education teacher Bree Mulder, with Jessica Tapley, Trianda Hyde and Kelly Jansen, ran the school’s annual health expo in June.

Ms Mulder said activities included a body scan machine that depicted muscle mass, water mass, fat distribution, mineral mass and weight.

She said there were also activities looking at most risky sexual behaviour to least risky; sugar, fat and salt content in food; and chemicals in cigarettes.

Students could also do quizzes and surveys, get organ donation information and registration forms from Donate Life, learn correct condom placement, have a health age check or take on plank challenges to show their core strength.

“The Year 11 health studies students created display boards on issues such as obesity, chlamydia, HIV, diabetes, anorexia, bulimia (and) skin cancer,” Ms Mulder said.

The WA AIDS Council gave out free condoms, while Surf Life Saving WA and St John Ambulance showed students how to do CPR, plus there were ambulance tours and a ‘beer goggle walk the line’ activity.

Other organisations at the expo included MercyCare, ECU, headspace, RAC, Amanda Young Foundation, Hero programs, Adventist Health Association, HepatitisWA, WA Community Health school nurse, Centrecare, Patricia Giles Centre, HelpingMinds, Vortex Fitness, Young Carers and The Salvation Army.

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