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Hugh Van Cuylenburg Talks Resilience, Mental Health and More With Life Education Queensland

Looking for a new podcast to keep yourself entertained? Wanting to learn more or gain support on mental health? Well now you can listen, learn and grow all at the same time. The popular charity Life Education Queensland is featuring Hugh van Cuylenburg, the creator of The Resilience Project and host of the popular podcast The Imperfects, on their own Life Education podcast.

The former teacher shares his wisdom on resilience, positive mental health, tools for greater happiness and more.

Hugh says: “Life Education is such an iconic program with a 40-year history. I can remember the Healthy Harold van from own primary school years. Then when I was a teacher, it always made me smile when I’d see the Life Education van parked in the school grounds.”

“Both Life Education and The Resilience Project share a common goal. We both want to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of children…”

On the podcast, Hugh talks with Life Education podcast host and journalist Tracey Challenor. They cover things such as what people can do to shift their mood, to bringing gratitude and mindfulness into your everyday life.

Michael Fawsitt, Life Education Queensland CEO, says the charity’s podcast series is a way to support the parents of the thousands of children who attend the Life Education program in schools each year. The podcasts provide advice from experts as well as strategies that all parents can use at home. “Our program is increasingly focused on building children’s resilience. Our core program is also on drugs and health. Because of this, we’ll regularly be featuring guests like Hugh, who are experts in children’s emotional wellbeing,” says Fawsitt.

The Life Education podcast isn’t the only thing that the charity launched this year, however. The new online platform called the Life Education Hub, provides even more support for both schools and parents. You can visit it for advice, resources, news and more.

Life Education podcasts can be found on their website here, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRADIO and Soundcloud. There is one episode so far with Hugh. One more will be released within the next week or two.

Check out Life Education at Home here, a free online program for learning. 

Read ‘The Resilience Project: Finding Happiness Through Mindfulness, Gratitude And Empathy’ HERE 




Life Education Queensland Launches New Online Platform

Visiting schools in Queensland for 34 years, Healthy Harold is an Australian icon. But COVID-19 brought a stop to face-to-face delivery of the health and safety program in the iconic Healthy Harold vans for the first time in the charity’s history. With thousands of Queensland children now back at school, the program’s educators are heading back to schools state-wide, teaching in the classroom for the time-being instead of the familiar mobile learning centres. But for children who can’t access a visit from Healthy Harold just yet, there’s a new online learning platform – Life Education @ Home. The comprehensive online hub provides many of the much-loved lessons via a program of engaging videos starring educators and Harold. This means children, even in remote parts of the state, can access Life Education from home for free.

The lessons cover topics including staying safe and healthy during the pandemic, cybersafety, social-emotional wellbeing and the importance of nutrition and physical activity. The interactive lessons are fun and educational, allowing kids to pause the video while they complete activities and answer questions. There are also a series of shorter videos with Healthy Harold showing kids how to wash their hands properly, stay active and practise social distancing. More than 100 schools have already registered, allowing thousands of children to continue to access vital health and wellbeing information.

The hub is not only for children however. It also offers support and advice for parents, including podcasts with experts to help families.

Sue Osmond, Life Education Queensland educator, says, “As educators, we love interacting with the children in the van to teach our regular program, but filming some of our modules alongside Harold, means we can still connect with kids during this time and give them important messages about safety, healthy foods and how their bodies work.”

“It’s also great to know that through the online learning program, we can support children’s emotional resilience too. When kids can see Healthy Harold from the safety of their own homes, it’s going to give them a reason to smile.”

Parents and schools can register online at lifeeducationathome.org.au. It only takes a minute, so what are you waiting for? Life Education Queensland’s team of educators are also available to provide telephone and online support to teachers and parents accessing the new platform.

About Life Education Queensland

Life Education Queensland is the state’s largest provider of preventative health education to school children. With the help of their iconic mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe, Life Education Queensland has been empowering children and young people to make safer and healthy choices for 34 years.

They work with more than 800 schools and pre-schools and almost 10,000 Queensland teachers, with more than 230,000 Queensland students participating in the program in 2018/2019.

The award-winning program covers nutrition, exercise, bullying, and cybersafety, drug and alcohol education, sexual health, and respectful relationships.