I have the fondest memories of visiting the Life Ed program when I was a child. In those days, the lessons were delivered in the Life Ed Centre at Broadbeach, and we would walk across from Broadbeach State Primary School. I can recall the excitement of seeing Healthy Harold and being fascinated by TAM (the transparent anatomical mannequin), that teaches children about the human body.
To now be part of that magic as an adult, is so rewarding.
I joined Life Ed in 2018 after seven years as a teacher in the state and independent school sector.
Where else can you work with thousands of students a year to empower them to make safe and healthy choices? Knowing I can be part of young people’s lives; that I can help them to see how important their health is and how special their bodies are is just such an amazing feeling.
Every day it warms my heart when I hear children excitedly waiting outside the Life Ed van and see their faces light up as the stars come on. Many times, I hear one whisper, ‘this is magical’, and it truly is!
When we recap our learning, and the children tell me what they remember, even a year since our last visit, I see the impact our program has. I feel proud that students leave the van with more knowledge about their bodies, and more confidence, and armed with the strategies and skills they need to make safe and healthy choices.