It's Your Move! Getting Students Active
The following brochure was co-developed by the Department of Education and Physical Activity Taskforce to assist schools in understanding how they can support students to develop the knowledge, skills and habits for lifelong healthy and active living.
The importance of an active lifestyle in childhood is well known for its long term health and social benefits. There is also increasing evidence that active children are more motivated at school, can have better educational outcomes, and may have higher self-esteem.
Despite this, less than 50% of students in Western Australia are getting enough physical activity for good health and development and less than half of all students walk, cycle or take public transport to school. When you consider this along with our increasingly sedentary society, where more people sit in cars, use computers and watch screens, we are currently facing a crisis situation that will have a serious impact on the long term health of our children.
We understand there is no single solution to remedy this situation but we do believe the school can play a very important role to support active communities and families. The benefit for the school is obvious with:
- Improved educational outcomes;
- Healthier, happier children; and,
- Enhanced links to the wider school community and a strong spirit of participation.
Attached is a resource, co-developed by the Physical Activity Taskforce and the Department of Education, which outlines what schools can be doing to create a healthy active school.
It is supported by former Australian of the Year and renowned child health researcher, Professor Fiona Stanley AO.
On 29 November 2011 the Physical Activity Taskforce also held an information and networking event for school principals and school board representatives.
The event commenced with a performance by the acro-cheerleading team, the Starmite Starz, followed by three presentations covering:
- the major research outcomes of Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (CAPANS)
- the link between physical activity and better education outcomes;
- the importance of the school environment for physical activity outcomes;
- professional development for teachers (in relation to physical activity and physical education); and,
- building a business case for prioritising physical activity.
A video recording of the presentations is available to view online.
Year published: 2011
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