Mandurah students take the challenge to be active

Group of school children hold large map of Australia
Students take part in the 2017 Take the Challenge program
October 3, 2017

Primary school students in the Peel region have been taking the challenge to be more physically active by taking part in Take the Challenge, a South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) Health Promotion initiative.

Take the Challenge encourages teachers to create ways for students to be more active during their school day, both inside and outside of the class room, by converting minutes of activity to competition points as they trek a virtual map. Bonus points are gained by taking part in a health information session.

The challenge has seen more than 15 schools and 2,835 students from kindergarten to year six participate in the program since 2014.

Primary school teacher Kim Bartlett said the year two class set themselves a health challenge to increase exercise time by 15 minutes per day.

“During term two, we danced, gardened and did endurance running and placed sticker points on our map to chart our track around Australia” Kim said.

SMHS Health Promotion Officer Nadine Radin said the program has helped teachers incorporate healthy lifestyle messages into the school curriculum.

“It is important to start those healthy habits such as drinking water, eating more fruit and vegetables and being physically active at an early age,” Nadine said.

For more information, contact the SMHS Health Promotion team at southmetropolitanhealthpromotion@health.wa.gov.au.