The student conference “A healthy mind in a healthy body” held at Läänemaa Joint Gymnasium on Friday ended with the students’ recognition that more movement is needed.
At the conference, which was attended by half a hundred students from six schools in Lääne County, Merike Kull, Head of the Tallinn University Movement Laboratory, spoke about movement research and the purpose of the inviting school. Kull emphasized that physical activity supports mental performance and improves attention and memory.
Haapsalu College students Kairi Sule, Taire Ojala and Allan Hallik discussed the topic of nutrition and weight. “Hallik also prepared a very nice game for the students,” The most conscious young foodie in Lääne County “,” said Mai Jõevee, the coordinator of health promotion schools in Lääne County. Helena Kase, a student of LÜG, won the game. Pirja Laanemets, the head of the Kullamaa school, introduced Villem Mihki’s research on school bullying and Mari-Ann Liidemaa’s work on anxiety disorders and overcoming them.
According to Jõevee, the presentations alternated with movement breaks, where the learned exercises can also be used in school lessons.
The conference ended with a brainstorming session in which participants discussed in eight groups what would make the school day move more, how it would prevent them from doing so, and how students could improve themselves. All in all, a large number of students agreed that there should be more exercise, more physical education lessons and more intense exercise. “Better sports conditions, movement breaks and more exercise events were also desired,” Jõevee listed.
Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.
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