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Posted On: 1st Sep 2010

Health Aware on ITV

Fixers Hein and Laura
The group of students try out the game
The Fixers plan their project

Hein Van Der Westhuizen and Laura Bunting from Cumbria are warning others about the dangers of smoking and drinking.


Their story was broadcast on ITV News Lookaround in September 2010.


Hein, 19, and Laura, 20, are campaigning to stop young people from falling victim to peer pressure that could entice them into unhealthy activities.


'Our project is about making a game for 13 to 19-year-olds to inform them about health issues,' explains Hein.


‘What we’re hoping to do is change young people’s attitudes,' adds Laura.


‘We’ve all seen young people around the area smoking and drinking underage and we’ve all been there ourselves. It’s just something we’d like to try and combat.’


In the broadcast piece, Cathy Wynne from NHS Cumbria appears to support the campaign.


‘When I heard that young people were speaking to others and taking up these issues together I was really encouraged,’ says Cathy.


‘Our young people today are the adults of tomorrow, and unless we tackle this now, we are setting ourselves up for some really big health problems in the future.’


With Fixers, the pair created an interactive game to encourage people to think more wisely about their health.


The paper fortune teller asks students questions and tests their knowledge about certain health risks.


‘Through this project, I am hoping to give young people their childhood back,' explains Laura.


‘I think a lot of people buy into peer pressure and think that they have to drink or smoke to be cool, but I’d like to educate them that that’s not the way they need to be.


‘We really hope that if we can inform young people – they’ll think twice about their actions and their consequences.’


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Author: Cara Laithwaite


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