Students helping to promote healthy hearts

Fiona Coghlan, captain of the Irish Ladies' rugby team and Paddy Barnes, Olympic medallist, pictured at the launch of the Pumped Schools Video Awards
LIMERICK Sports Partnership is urging young people to get involved in a new video competition to be in with a chance of winning €3,000.

LIMERICK Sports Partnership is urging young people to get involved in a new video competition to be in with a chance of winning €3,000.

Against the backdrop of 469 people dying from cardiovascular disease in Limerick in 2013, post primary school students between the ages of 12 and 16 are asked to make a 90 second video promoting heart health for the Pumped Schools’ Video Awards.

Phelim Macken, Sports Coordinator of Limerick Sports Partnership, said the awards provide an opportunity for students to bring out their artistic streak, focus on the science behind what makes our hearts tick and the importance of getting active and eating healthy.

“Not only will it hopefully have a lasting impact in terms of our attitude to what we eat and drink, whether we smoke, and the importance of being active, but there is also the prospect of an exciting cash outcome for schools’ sports departments and students’ pockets too,” he said.

There are three categories in which students can enter; ‘Smoking Stinks’, ‘Active Teens-Healthy Heart’ and ‘ Weighty Matters’.

There is a total prize fund of €10,000 across the three categories, with the winner of each category getting €3,000 for their schools sports department and the individual student receiving a €100 voucher.