Healthy outlook for student broadcasters

KEVI Health & Social Care co-ordinator Catherine Middleton and Northumberland County Council School Travel Plan Advisor Tracy Aitken with KEVI radio presenters  'Jessica Hall and Samantha Wright.''.
KEVI Health & Social Care co-ordinator Catherine Middleton and Northumberland County Council School Travel Plan Advisor Tracy Aitken with KEVI radio presenters 'Jessica Hall and Samantha Wright.''.

A MORPETH school’s lunchtime broadcasting service recently dedicated its programming to promote healthy living.

Budding broadcasters Jessica Hall and Samantha Wright, who are both currently checking out university media courses, interviewed a brace of guests on a number of lifestyle issues.

King Edward VI School Health and Social Care Co-ordinator Catherine Middleton and Northumberland County Council School Travel Plan Advisor Tracy Aitken were grilled on topics such as healthy eating and exercise.

The 30-minute chat for KEVI Radio was interlaced with a variety of healthy walking related tunes.

Jessica, who wants to go into radio and television production, said: “Working at KEVI Radio has given me the practical knowledge to increase my chance of successfully gaining a place at university.”

Journalism is Samantha’s chosen career path and she agrees that her time in school radio will aid her progression.

She said: “KEVI Radio has been a great opportunity for me to develop my interviewing technique whilst increasing my journalistic skills.”

Ms Middleton, who was quizzed on the school’s Healthy Heart Week, said the event was in support of the British Heart Foundation’s Red For Heart month.

She said: “We hope to encourage our students to look after their hearts and lead a healthy lifestyle.”

The 5 Minute Walking Zone is a scheme devised by KEVI students and the county council’s School Travel Plan Team to reduce traffic on Cottingwood Lane, while promoting extra exercise.

Ms Aitken said: “I thought that being on KEVI Radio would be a new and exciting way to reach more students and get our message across.

“Working with the radio students has been a valuable experience and I hope to promote the School Travel Plan with them again in the future.”