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Win this cute little bear by giving him a name

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Photo: To win this cute fella, simply send a tweet to @sthelenscouncil with your chosen name for the bear using the hashtag #namethebear

As part of St Helens Council’s Childminders’ Healthy Eating Award, one lucky person is in with the chance of taking one of our gorgeous little Healthy Eating bears home with them.

All you have to is give the little cute bundle of fluff a new name – whether it be food or healthy lifestyle related – by simply sending a tweet to @sthelenscouncil with your chosen name using the hashtag #namethebear.

Bears are also being presented to childminders who qualify for the borough’s Childminders’ Healthy Eating Award as a mascot to encourage healthy eating.

Childminders’ Healthy Eating Award recognises hard work and best practice and allows childminders and parents to plan menus and download ‘proud cards’ by visiting www.sthelens.gov.uk/childminderawards

Award winners who share good practice will receive a certificate as well as a ‘box of tricks,’ containing kitchen utensils and other useful items to ensure a real recipe for success when serving up healthy meals to children.

Lynne Fairhurst, who is among the current list of 19 award winners said: “I am proud to have been awarded the St Helens Childminders’ Healthy Eating Award.

“This is the first time that an award has been available for childminders, allowing us to gain recognition for the work that we do in providing a healthy start to the children in our care – so I made sure I got involved as soon as it became available.

“Nurseries and other settings have had this available for a very long time – so it’s great to have had the opportunity to become a part of it.”

Community and Business Health Promotions Officer for St Helens Council, Teresa Mercer, who – along with the Public Health department – is behind the awards is delighted with the reaction so far and is calling on more childminders to sign up and reap the rewards.

“I’m so proud to be part of a project that is improving the health of children in St Helens,” Teresa said. “We’ve already got a good number of people on board with this, but I would like to invite even more childminders to share their wisdom as we look to introduce children to a healthier diet.”

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Jeanie Bell, added: “We have some amazing childminders in this town who are showing great commitment to healthy eating.

“We believe that if children learn healthy habits from an early age, then they will make healthier choices as they get older. Childminders are a vital part of this jigsaw in allowing this to happen.”

If you would like to sign up to the Childminders’ Healthy Eating Award, call Teresa Mercer on 01744676333 or email teresamercer@sthelens.gov.uk.

The deadline for the #namethebear competition is 6:00pm on Friday 27 May with the winner announced online and via the press on Friday 3 June.

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