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Chester's Challenge teaches schoolchildren the importance of living healthily

Stephen Patton from Belfast City Airport with Jessica Perry from NICHS and P5 pupils from Londonderry PS, Newtownards

A PROJECT that teaches schoolchildren about the importance of living healthy has been given a financial boost.

Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) has received support from the City Airport Community Fund.

Its Chester's Challenge programme targets primary and secondary school-aged children to try and modify their behaviour before long-term damage can occur.

The funding provided by the airport will help support the delivery of the programme to more than 1,000 pupils.

Jessica Perry, health promotion coordinator at NICHS, said it was important to educate children early so they could make healthy choices.

"Through delivering the Chester's Challenge programme, we can tackle these issues with young people to educate them before any serious illnesses occur. We are very grateful for the support provided by Belfast City Airport," she said.

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