ACT Labor invests in more Active Kids at school

On average, Canberrans are the best educated, best paid, healthiest and most active people in Australia.  More than 90 per cent of us regularly participate in some form of sport or physical activity.

ACT Labor wants to continue to improve the health and wellbeing of all Canberrans – especially our kids – and help them become even more active.  Being active not only ensures that we are healthy, it also contributes to general wellbeing.

Harnessing the potential of promoting healthy lifestyles in the school environment is a tried and tested formula.  When we invest in the early years and promote healthy eating and exercise targeted at our kids, we see the benefits for years to come.

The health and wellbeing of all Canberrans is our priority and investing in our children in the developing years with targeted measures means every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

We have already announced a $500,000 fund to install water bottle refill stations and supply reusable drink bottles to any school that agrees to end the sale of sugary drinks.

We have also committed to providing $1 million over four years to better support our canteens to deliver healthier options for our kids.

We have been working hard to boost participation in sport and recreation activities for young Canberrans.

But there is more to do.

The Active Kids Challenge – begun by the Labor Government and formerly known as the Minister’s Physical Activity Challenge – is all about helping primary school kids get more physically active and helping them eat well.

 

If re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will boost our investment to $390,000 over four years to promote healthy eating and exercise in primary schools – so more kids are Active Kids.

The boost in funding will be provided to the Physical Activity Foundation to encourage growth in the Active Kids Challenge.

 

Policy costings

ACT Labor will invest $390,000 over the next four years in recurrent funding, for the Physical Activity Foundation, so that it receives $110,000 in ACT Government funding a year.  The funding will be used to fund the Active Kids Challenge, and aims to see the program grow in schools. Currently 70 schools participate.

 

ACT Labor’s plan to see more Active Kids at school

 

2013 – 2014

2014 -2015

2015 – 2016

2016 – 2017

TOTAL

Recurrent

funding

$0.06m

$0.11m

$0.11m

$0.11m

$0.39m

Total

$0.06m

$0.11m

$0.11m

$0.11m

$0.39m

 

 

 

 

 

How will this initiative get more kids healthier and more active?

The Active Kid’s Challenge – formerly called the Minister’s Physical Activity Challenge – is all about helping primary school kids get more into physical activity and eating right.

The 10-week Challenge sets children the task of being physically active for at least 60 minutes a day for a minimum of five days a week.  The Challenge helps kids learn that being physically active and eating 2 types of fruit and 5 vegetables a day is not only going to help them grow up to be more healthy – it is good for them right now.

In 2012, 70 schools are participating in the Challenge.

Physical activity promotes healthy growth and development, builds strong bones and muscles, improves fitness, and helps achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Being physically active has also been shown to have immediate positive impacts on the ability of primary school aged kids to concentrate in class.

The Challenge is run in partnership with the Physical Activity Foundation, which has received funding from the ACT Labor Government.

The Challenge is just one of the practical steps ACT Labor is taking to help students be active and healthy at school.

The boost in funding will also be used to better link the activity challenge with weekend sport clubs, building links so that more children are encouraged to undertake regular sporting activities

To help students meet their physical activity targets, schools will receive a variety of resources, including classroom wall charts to record class physical activity levels and learn health messages each week. They will also have access to useful information and tips from the Active Kids website.