STUDENTS at a secondary school who undertook a training course on healthy living are to be used as model examples for other teenagers.

A group of 15 pupils at Davenant Foundation School, in Chester Road, Loughton, undertook a three day training course in healthy living looking at the perils of drug and alcohol abuse and the importance of eating well.

They performed so well there are now plans for them to undertake their own roadshow to encourage others to follow their example.

Student Kimberley, 17, said: “It’s definitely made me more aware of how we can influence others. I really enjoyed the course, particularly the involvement of Essex Young Peoples’ Drugs and Advisory Service.”

Charlotte, also 17, said: “It’s made me realise how important the things we hear every day really are, like eating five portions of fruit and vegetables.”

The students were presented with a Royal Society for Public Health Level 1 Award in Health Awareness upon completing their course, which was organised by school co-ordinator of personal social health education and child development Margaret Lamb.

She said: “We are planning to involve them in a variety of activities from road shows to PE lessons where they will work alongside staff. Their next task will focus on shaping a radio advert focusing on mental health awareness and how to seek support.”