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DEWAR WELCOMES NEW DRUGS AND ALCOHOL INITIATIVE IN GRAMPIAN SCHOOLS

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A new initiative to improve health education for Grampian schoolchildren on drugs, alcohol and food has been launch...
A new initiative to improve health education for Grampian schoolchildren on drugs, alcohol and food has been launched by Scottish secretary Donald Dewar.

The initiative brings together Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray Councils and Grampian Health Promotions in a joint effort to provide staff with the information they need to help their pupils make healthy choices about lifestyles.

Speaking on a visit to Grampian Health Promotions in Aberdeen, Mr Dewar said:

'Our recent White Paper 'Towards a Healthier Scotland' sets out a blueprint for better collaborative working for agencies dedicated to improving the health of our communities. We made improving the health of our young people a priority in that drive. Today's new education and health initiative for Grampian schools brings together both of those elements. The co-operative approach of the three local authorities together with the Health Board is a lesson for other parts of the country to follow. I am also delighted that they have chosen to focus their energies in the first year of this initiative on helping our youngsters tackle the dangers which drugs and alcohol can bring to their lives.

'This government has also pulled Scotland's drugs agencies together in the most co-ordinated strategy yet seen 'Tackling Drugs in Scotland: Action in Partnership'. Education is a major strand in that strategy. 'We want every young person in every school in the country to have access to appropriate drugs education. It can never be too early to help our children protect themselves from the evil of drug misuse. I hope that todays new strategy will begin to address this need across Grampian.

NOTES

1. Health Promoting School Development in Grampian is a joint initiative of the three local authorities within Grampian and Grampian Health Promotions. The three-year programme aims to identify and develop training and resource materials to support a whole school approach to promoting good health.

2. Year 1 will concentrate on Food and Health, Alcohol and Drugs. Year 2 on Sexual Health, Physical Activity and Mental Health. And Year 3 on Oral/Dental Health, Smoking and Accident Prevention.

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