Year 9 pupils attended ‘LifeLab’ this week; this was first initiated in 2008 at the University of Southampton. It has continued to develop through the collaboration of researchers from the university to raise young people’s awareness and interest in the science underpinning health issues and make positive changes to health-related attitudes.
Pupils were able to conduct a number of scientific measurements, not possible in a school environment, relating to their current health e.g. BMI, blood pressure, % body fat, blood sugar level, mass, height, lung volume. They found out how their current health could affect their own future as well as the health of their offspring. They had the opportunity to and make pledges on how they could improve health going forward.