As a child the phrase ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ was common. Parents telling children to eat all of their vegetables whilst at the same time not eating their own. Teachers telling children to wear hats when playing outside whilst not wearing a hat themselves. This scenario is just as common now and more particularly when it comes to the health and lifestyle of our children and teachers.
Everyone knows that the current generation at school is becoming more and more unhealthy both physically and mentally. Big money is being spent on banning junk food advertising on the television, cutting out additives in particular foods, getting children to go outside and play. But has anyone looked at the role models these children look up to? Their parents? Their teachers? Teachers are overworked and receive little recognition. Most teachers choose this career out of love and therefore put in a lot of work to ensure they are meeting all of the curriculum guidelines and providing engaging lessons for their students. This leaves little time for their own health, their own needs.
Admittedly tuckshops are improving their foods and provide a quick and somewhat healthy option for teachers. What about fitting in daily exercise? What about fitting in some relaxation/yoga/meditation? These are all importance elements in leading a healthy lifestyle yet most teachers wouldn’t fit that in. We tell our students to sit down and eat their food while we grab something on the run or shovel down a muffin between duties. Is that a positive behaviour for our students to imitate?
It is so important to ensure that we lead by example. We need to working on our own health and lifestyle to ensure that our children are able to live healthy lives.
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