Apr 04 2011

Legal & General partner with MEND to launch a Citizenship & PSHE educational teaching resource

A new resource for Citizenship and PSHE teachers, that aims to improve the health and well-being of young people has been launched today (4 April 2011) by Legal & General and MEND.

Your Life, Your Choice is an educational teaching resource for 11-14 year olds that aims to encourage young people to evaluate information on healthy lifestyles, make informed judgments and reflect on the consequences of their actions now as well as in the future.  The resource is designed to support elements of the Citizenship and PSHE Curricula for Key Stage 3 students.

One hundred copies of Your Life, Your Choice will be made available free of charge to Citizenship and PSHE teachers on a first-come-first-served basis.

Harry MacMillan, Chief Executive of MEND, said:  “Giving young people the information they need to live healthy lives and take responsibility for their own wellbeing is vital if we are to achieve a healthier nation. We hope the resource will inspire young people to be healthier and become active citizens by promoting healthy lifestyles to their peers.”

Graham Precey, Legal & General’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility said:  “With one in three school children overweight or obese, it’s important to educate our young people about healthy lifestyles.  We’re delighted to partner with MEND, the experts in child health, to offer this exciting resource free of charge to teachers. If we act now we can improve the future health of our nation’s children.”

The resource forms part of Legal & General’s corporate responsibility strategy to help understand trends in health and the impact of ill health on policy holders. With the UK population living longer this has a huge impact on the economy and the demand for health care. Understanding health issues is key to increasing the affordability and accessibility of products designed to mitigate health risks for consumers. Legal & General work with a number of partners in the third sector such as MEND to help us gain knowledge and understanding that helps to inform its business.

Your Life, Your Choice contains lesson plans, teacher resources and student worksheets, plus DVD clips to complement each session and help engage students.

The resource supports the Healthy Schools Standards and the relevant National Curriculum requirements for Key Stage 3. The resource helps to achieve SEAL learning objectives and areas of the PLTS framework.

A free copy of Your Life, Your Choice, can be ordered by visiting www.mendcentral.org/Citizenship_PSHE


Notes to editors

About MEND
•    MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it!) is dedicated to reducing overweight and obesity levels by empowering people.  Our work is underpinned by behaviour change and driven by our belief in innovation, partnership and social action.  
•    To date MEND has helped over 20,000 families from diverse backgrounds become fitter, healthier and happier.  
•    www.mendcentral.org

About Legal & General
Legal & General Group Plc. Registered in England. Registered Number: 1417162. Registered Office: One Coleman Street, London EC2R 5AA.

Legal & General Group Plc is a holding company, subsidiary undertakings of which are fully authorized as appropriate under the Financial Services and Markets Act in respect of their investment activities in the UK.

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