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March 2015

Students As LifeStyle Activists

“By teaching you will learn,by learning you will teach”

Latin Proverb


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.


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