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Kids – ‘Go for your life’ Primary school award program

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Kids – ‘Go for your life’

Kids – ‘Go for your life’ is leading the way to a healthier Victoria in which children enjoy healthy eating and physical activity everyday

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Key health messages

Increase water consumption

Increase fruit and vegetable consumption

Reduce consumption of energy dense food and drinks

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Key health messages

Increase time spent in physical activity

Reduce time spent in sedentary activity

Increase the number of children walking and riding to school

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Children’s Health Report

  • On average, children are spending 2.5 hours watching TV per day

  • Twice the amount of time is spent in ‘screen time’ than physical activity

  • There is a high rate of drop-out from physical activity in late primary school

  • Fewer children are walking and riding to school - 1970’s (80%), 1990s (10%)

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Children’s Health Report

  • Almost 60% of boys and 40% of girls have more than one high sugar drink per day

  • Less than a quarter of children eat enough vegetables

  • 30-40% don’t eat enough fruit

  • More than half of children havetwicethe recommended daily intake of high fat, high sugar foodsand drinksin their lunchbox

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Children’s Health Report

  • One in four 7- 10 year olds have dieted to lose weight

  • Fifty percent of 11 year olds want to weigh less

  • Between 47- 74% of 10-12 year olds reported varying levels of body image dissatisfaction over a nine month period

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Weight in the classroom – 60’s & 70’s

Obese in childhood

Overweight in childhood

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Weight in the classroom – today

Overweight in childhood

Obese in childhood

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In our school?

  • Do we think these overweight and obesity rates apply to our school or classrooms?

  • Do we see unhealthy habits in our students?

  • Do we see dieting practices?

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Obese & Overweight as adults

A generation’s future…



Problem free?

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Childhood obesity is associated with:

Bullying and social isolation

Poor academic outcomes

Low self esteem & poor body image

Depression, suicide and risk taking behaviour in adolescence & adulthood

Physical discomfort & medical problems such as high cholesterol, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, high blood pressure

Why prevent childhood obesity?

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Why prevent adult overweight?

  • Overweight is now the leading cause of premature death and disease burden in Australia, ahead of tobacco smoking

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Is dieting the answer?

Top 3 chronic illnesses for adolescent girls

  • Obesity

  • Asthma

3. Eating disorders

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Promoting healthy habits

  • Make it:

  • Positive

  • Normal

  • Easy

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Promoting the Benefits

  • Growing strong

    • Healthy teeth and bones

    • Growth and development

    • Healthy weight

  • Running Smooth

    • Increased fitness

    • Energy to play

    • Reduced constipation

  • Staying Well

    • Long term health

  • Brain Power

    • Improved concentration

    • Improved academic outcomes

  • Feeling good

    • Improved mood and behaviour

    • Better self esteem

    • Making friends

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Health Promoting Schools Model

Physical environment

Healthy school policies

Community & Health Service links

Social environment

Knowledge skills and behaviours

Partnerships with families

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Benefits of the program

  • Recognises school’s achievements

  • Motivates school community

  • Whole of school approach

  • Simple framework for planning and action

  • Coordinates school health initiatives and requirements(VELS, PE mandate, canteen requirements)

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How to earn icons

  • Examples of meeting Award Criteria include:

    • Health and physical education programs

    • Water bottles

    • Fresh fruit and veg breaks in class

    • Healthier canteen and lunch orders choices

    • Play equipment available at playtimes

    • Ways to make it easier for children to walk and ride to school

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Starter Pack and CD Rom, posters, handouts

Parents, teacher and student

Facts sheets, tip sheets and newsletter inserts


Fun n Healthy ideas

Curriculum resources and professional development

Sample policies and action plans

Links to local support health professional support (where available)

Program Support

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Discussion Points

  • Does our school have a commitment to healthy eating and physical activity?

  • What are key healthy eating or physical activity concerns for the school? Which of the icon stickers should the school try to achieve first?

  • Is everyone on board to make sustainable changes?

  • How can school community members support healthy eating and physical activity habits?

  • What’s next?

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Kids – ‘Go for your life’ resources for this presentation

1300 854 554