The year 4 class from St Philips came with their educators and parents today to see the exhibition drawn from their work throughout this project. It will be on display in Addenbrooke’s Hospital until the end of April and we expect nearly half a million people to pass it.
Jane Ramsay, Chair of Cambridge University Hospitals, welcomed the children as ‘artists and scientists’ explaining that partnerships are the only way we can tackle the big health challenges we face as a society and this partnership is a good example of the small steps we all need to take together.
Carol Brayne, Director of Cambridge Institute of Public Health, talked about teamwork with the children and said:
….(it) is the key to getting things done. With good teamwork, we can improve everyone’s chances of feeling well and being as healthy as we can be, all through our lives.
The Institute of Public Health, where I work, brings experts on health together to look at how our research can make a difference; and I saw that you have made your artwork as a team with Sally and Helen and with each other. You have come up with some wonderful ideas that way. It might have been much harder to get such good artwork done if you were working on your own.
…..I think your art show will help hundreds and hundreds of people who will walk past and have a look because it will tell them that we can all make a difference to our health by getting more active. And, if you are active when you are young, it is likely that you will carry this on as you get older and have more fun being healthier for longer in your life.
One of the jobs that CEDAR does is to use their research to help the city planners and the Government see why people need to be more active. The research helps decide how Cambridge and other cities can be better – with better buses and cycle lanes and all the things that make it easier to get more active. I hope some of the planners will get ideas from your exhibition too.
Maybe, as you get older, you’ll stay interested in health and how to make a difference. I don’t think there are many Year 4 classes who know what epidemiology means, so you have a head start. If you do, come back and talk to us. You could study with us and then you could help make changes that can affect millions of people’s lives.
Carol and Jane posed for the children to do one last active drawing before walking down to the Treatment Centre corridor to see the exhibition.