Central Highlands Rural Health and Hepburn Shire Council with support from VicHealth and the City of Ballarat have created an Active to School Passport. The Passport is aimed to increase physical activity amongst primary school aged children by encouraging students and families to walk, ride or scoot to school each day, or to be active once they get to school.
A 10-page colourful and interactive Passport has been developed for our local school community and includes a range of tips, activities and key messages that encourage healthy habits and promote being physically active, limiting screen-time, and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.
How does it work?
Over a four-week period, students will be encouraged to walk, ride or scoot to school. Each day a student is active to school, they will get their passport ticked off and signed by their classroom teacher. Once a student has been active for at least 16 days, they will receive a Hepburn Shire Active to School Certificate.
What about bus travelers or students driven to school?
No matter how students get to school they can still actively participate by getting active once they arrive at school – for example, walking a lap around the school oval.
How can my school get involved?
If your school is interested in taking part and accessing the Active to School Passport, please contact Central Highlands Rural Health Manager Population Health Belinda Buck – 5345 9162, or email email@example.com.
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