SMART-LIFElab project launch attended by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

The SMART-LIFElab, an innovative educational intervention co-funded by the SMARTlab and the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC), officially launched this March with two pilot research workshops run at the NCRC’s base at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

The launch was attended by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, who experienced the second workshop, learned more about the research taking place and spent time with the students participating in the research.

SMART-LIFElab is designed to enable 11–16-year-old students to discover first-hand how their diets and lifestyles lay the foundations for a healthier life, and how their own health is linked to the health of any children they may have in the future. Under the direction of Prof. Lizbeth Goodman, Director of SMARTlab, Prof. Carlos Blanco, Director of Research at the NCRC, and Dr Jacinta Kelly, Deputy Director of Research at the NCRC, the pilots began with two first-year classes from Drimnagh Castle Secondary Boys’ School. The boys attended two four-hour workshops at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital on 2 and 9 March 2012, to measure changes in their awareness about their health and to discover how the choices they make can have an impact on their future health.

Steve Benton, the SMART-LIFElab project leader, is currently working through the data and feedback from the sessions and is eagerly awaiting the final questionnaire (due in September) from the students of Drimnagh Castle.

To read more about the project visit the SMART-LIFElab page or contact stevenbenton at smartlab-ie dot com.

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