A PROJECT that encourages young people to make healthy choices celebrated its successes over the past year with a showcase event.

Students, parents, teachers, supporters and volunteers gathered at LifeLab to share in the celebrations and reflect on the achievements of the past academic year.

Led by the University of Southampton, LifeLab is part of the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre and has a unique teaching laboratory at University Hospital Southampton. The program is dedicated to improving adolescent health by giving school students opportunities to learn first-hand the science behind health messages.

The LifeLab Showcase saw bumper crowds listen to speakers, view and vote on a range of scientific research projects produced by students from schools across Hampshire before a prize giving ceremony was held to crown the winners.

Among those walking away with prizes were students from Cantell, Noadswood and Oasis Academy Mayfield.

Programme leader Kathryn Townsend-Woods said: “The LifeLab Showcase is always a great opportunity to celebrate and reflect on how the project continues to make a difference to the lives of the next generation. It is wonderful to see so many of our students and supporters here to share in our combined successes.”