“By teaching you will learn,by learning you will teach”
Early this year my school became involved in the SALSA project. SALSA (Students As Lifestyle Activists) is a partnership project with the Mt Druitt Medical Practitioners’ Association, the University of Sydney and Western Sydney Local Health District. SALSA is a unique peer educational program that provides high school students with the necessary knowledge and skills to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. The SALSA program involves four lessons about food choices, physical activity, healthy lifestyle and individual & community action.
The brilliant part about the SALSA project is it is a PEER tutorial program involving university students, Year 10 students and Year 8 students working their way through an educational three-step process.
Step 1: SALSA Educators (university students) train volunteer Year 10 students to be SALSA Peer Leaders for the program, during a one-day workshop. The peer leaders learn about nutrition and physical activity and acquire skills in group facilitation and leadership.
Step 2: Peer leaders deliver four lessons to Year 8 students using the peer leader’s manual as a guide. Students learn about nutrition and physical activity through videos, games and activities and are guided by the Peer Leaders to critically analyse the barriers to living a healthy lifestyle.
Step 3: Wider dissemination of healthy lifestyle information occurs when students from the Year 8 classes develop a personal goal and a community action plan.
I am really excited to be involved in the 2015 SALSA project and hope to see it grow.