Active Kids is a Wyndham City initiative designed to encourage healthy eating habits and increased physical activity in children aged 8-10 years (Grades 3 & 4).

Active Kids aims to support schools and teachers with a simple and flexible curriculum-based program that leads to positive behaviour change for all participating students and families. The 8 week program, including all print and digital resources is offered FREE to all Wyndham primary schools.

If your primary school is not yet signed up to the program and keen to find out how please contact James Robortella, Inclusion & Participation Officer on 9742 0777 or at james.robortella@wyndham.vic.gov.au

 

School Expression of Interest

Wyndham City is inviting your school to submit an expressions of interest to participate in the Active Kids program in 2021.  While the program has already launched for 2021 it is not too late to register your school!

New for 2021 
-    Active Classrooms – newly developed resources to support and empower schools to create Active Classrooms to embed positive daily habits. 
-    Increased Digital Resources – including videos and written activities to support classroom delivery and encourage activity at home. 

Please refer to the updated Information Sheet for an overview of the 2021 Active Kids Program, including curriculum outline, delivery methods, resources and school requirements.

If your school is interested in being a part of this exciting program, please complete the online Expression of Interest Form below.

If you have any questions regarding the 2021 Active Kids program, please feel free to contact James Robortella, Inclusion & Participation Officer at james.robortella@wyndham.vic.gov.au or on 9742 0840.

Register

Why the Active Kids program?

25% of Wyndham’s population is under the age of 14, which is significantly higher than Greater Melbourne. Coupled with the growing population right across the municipality, Wyndham City is prioritizing children’s physical activity to establish behaviours which support lifelong participation as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Attending Primary school is such an important time for all children, where they learn and begin to lay the foundation for positive habits and a healthy and active lifestyle. Council wants to support schools and their communities to generate and connect with physical activity participation opportunities.

The Active Kids program was designed by Wyndham City to support Wyndham Primary schools encourage more 8-10 year old children (grade 3 & 4) to be physically active and eat healthy through an 8-week program that aligns to the school curriculum.

Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Guidelines

The Australian Physical Activity Guidelines outlines that children (age 5-17 years) should aim to accumulate 60 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity each day. That includes playing organised sport, leisure activities such as dance and skateboarding, as well as informal activities such as walking/running at the park.

In addition the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that children (age 5-17 years) limit sedentary behaviour (lying and sitting down outside of sleep) each day, and limit use of recreational electronic screens (TV, Tablets, Phones) to two-hours per day.

Current activity and lifestyle statistics

Research collected in 2011-12 highlighted that:

  • 1 in 4 (26%) children aged 5–12 met the physical activity guideline
  • 1 in 3 (35%) children aged 5–12 met the sedentary screen-based behaviour guideline (AIHW 2018).

Only six out of 10 children aged between five and 14 years participate in sport outside of school, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Australian Health Survey conducted in April 2012 found that 25 per cent of Australian children and teenagers, aged five to 17 years, are overweight or obese, indicating that we need to foster a more active-minded culture that encourages children to be physically active in a variety of ways.

(www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/sport-and-children)

Health issues, such as increasing levels of childhood obesity and diabetes suggest that children today are not as active as previous generations. The current obesity in Australia research indicates that:

  1. In 2017-18, 12.5 million Australians were overweight or obese (67% of adults, 25% of children);
  2. If weight gain continues at current levels, by 2030, two thirds of all Australians will be overweight or obese;
  3. Obesity is a leading cause of premature death and illness in Australia;
  4. Obesity has become the single biggest threat to public health in Australia;
  5. On the basis of present trends we can predict that by the time they reach the age of 20 our kids will have a shorter life expectancy than earlier generations simply because of obesity;

(http://docs2.health.vic.gov.au/docs/doc/768FD9A0683F9259CA2578EC0081AD6A/$FILE/future_overweight_prevalence_report.pdf)

Impact of Obesity in Australia 

  1. In 2017-18 Over 1.2 million Australians now suffer from diabetes;
  2. Health disorders in children like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and sleep apnea can be directly attributed to childhood obesity;
  3. Obesity related conditions such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) account for approximately quarter of the burden of disease in Australia, and just under two-thirds of all deaths. These three diseases often occur together and share risk factors, such as physical inactivity, overweight and obesity and high blood pressure;

(http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129555545)

What the Research Indicates

Factors causing children to become overweight and obese include:

  • Unhealthy food consumption – consuming foods high in fat, salt and sugar instead of healthier options;
  • Lack of physical activity – Australian children are less active than they were in the past and most don’t do the 60 minutes a day minimum;
  • Spending a lot of time on sedentary pursuits – Australian children watch, on average, around 2½ hours of television a day, as well as spending time using computers and other electronic games. It seems that these pastimes are replacing active ones;
  • Overweight parents – a family’s eating patterns can have a major influence on whether a child maintains a healthy weight. Some parents may not recognise their child as overweight;
  • Genetics – some rare gene disorders cause severe childhood obesity. In some people, particular genes acting together probably make some children more susceptible to obesity. If there is a family tendency to become overweight, parents need to be even more aware of making healthy food choices for the whole family;

(Sourced from https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/healthyliving/children-4-12)

The Active Kids program is designed to address factors negatively impacting physical activity and healthy eating in 8-10 years, while providing opportunities for children and their families to establish positive habits and embed ongoing physical activity and healthy eating into their lifestyle.

School Student Surveys

Student Survey for all participating primary schools.

If you have any issue accessing either surveyplease feel free to contact James Robortella, Inclusion & Participation Officer at james.robortella@wyndham.vic.gov.au or on 9742 0840.

Weekly Activities – At School & At Home

Wyndham City’s Sport and Recreation team has put together some additional weekly activities to help Active Kids through the 8-week program both at school and at home.

 

Week 1 – ‘What is Physical Fitness’ - Information & Activities

Week 2 – ‘Healthy Eating Habits - Information & Activities

Week 3 – ‘Move and Play Everyday’ - Information & Activities

Week 4 – ‘Fruit and Vegetables’ - Information & Activities

Week 5 – ‘Active Families’ - Information & Activities

Week 6 – ‘Sometimes Foods’ - Information & Activities

Week 7 – ‘Staying Active’ - Information & Activities

Week 8 – ‘Healthy Meals’ - Information & Activities

School ‘Active Kids’ Day

A school Active Kids Day is a wonderful opportunity to highlight all the hard work students have been doing through the program, and a chance for them to showcase their learning about how to get active. Best of all it is chance for the whole family to get active!

A template Active Kids Day involves students, teachers and classes organising and coordinating an after-school event to engage parents and guardians to join in get active.

  • Students plan a session with a variety of sport/fitness activities for their parents to participate in during the event.
  • The session can either be delivered by the students (with Teacher assistance), teacher led, or an organised through an external Active Kids Partner – see full list below.
  • Sessions can involve all participating classes, or individual classes depending on space and equipment capacity.
  • This is a chance for students to showcase the sports/fitness activities they enjoy doing and inform parents and guardians about the benefits of getting active.

It is noted that a number of factors will impact individual schools ability to deliver an Active Kids Day, so please contact James Robortella on 9742 0840 or james.robortella@wyndham.vic.gov.au to discuss your schools ideas and questions.

Disclaimer

The information contained on the Active Kids webpage is general in nature and does not take into account your/your child’s particular circumstances.  You are entirely responsible for deciding whether the information on this webpage is suitable for your/your child’s needs and you use this webpage at your own risk. 

Council recommends that you seek medical advice for your child’s individual nutritional and/or physical activity requirements.  Children should be supervised by an adult when undertaking physical activity.

Council makes no guarantee about the quality, reliability, accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this webpage or in any of the third party websites that this webpage provides links to.

To the extent permitted by law, Council accepts no liability for any injury, loss, costs or damage whatsoever suffered or incurred in connection with your use of this webpage and the available resources, or for the content of any third party websites to which this webpage provides links to.

 

Get Active - Videos and More

Looking for some fun interactive videos you can follow at home or at school? Check out these activities from some Active Kids Partners that will get you can follow anytime and get you moving.

Werribee Football Club – interACTIVE Community Classes

Class 1 (17:58min) 

Class 2 (16:06min) 

Class 3 (14:36min) 

Class 4 (15:19min) 

More Videos Here

Wyndham Basketball Association – Aussie Hoops Player Skill Videos

Week 1 Ball Handling Skills (1min) 

Week 2 Ball Handling Skills (1:29min) 

Week 3 Ball Handling Skills (1:38min)

Week 4 Passing Skills (1:16min)

Week 5 Agility Skills (0:54min) 

WynActive Fitness Workouts

Active Kids Workout 1 (19:55min) 

Active Kids Workout 2 (12:37min) 

Active Kids Workout 3 (6:56min) 

Active Kids Workout 4 (15:40min) 

Active Kids Stretching (21:22min)

More Videos Here

Williams Landing FC Soccer Warm Up & Drills

Warm Up Drills (1:21min) 

Mini Drill 1 (0:33min) 

Mini Drill 2 (0:22min) 

Mini Drill 2 (0:28min) 

More Videos Here

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Get Active Victoria 

Free online workouts, challenges and more.

Find Your 30 – Tiny Trainer Challenge 

Find 30 minutes of physical activity at home with these fun activities.

AAA Play Find an Activity

Supporting people of all ages with disabilities to find physical activity opportunities across Victoria.

Disability Online Active 

Short workouts you can do at home while introducing you to new sports.

Wyndham has a wide range of recreation facilities, activities and services to offer. Some of Wyndham’s main recreation facilities include: 

Wyndham has a number of sporting reserves, with facilities accommodating grassroots entry level right up to the elite sporting level. There is also has a large number of parks available together with water activities, bike and walking trails, walking groups and dog off lead identified areas.

There are many opportunities to participate in recreation in Wyndham, to gain more information regarding what is available please check out the web links identified below:

Disclaimer

The information contained on the Active Kids webpage is general in nature and does not take into account your/your child’s particular circumstances.  You are entirely responsible for deciding whether the information on this webpage is suitable for your/your child’s needs and you use this webpage at your own risk. 

Council recommends that you seek medical advice for your child’s individual nutritional and/or physical activity requirements.  Children should be supervised by an adult when undertaking physical activity.

Council makes no guarantee about the quality, reliability, accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this webpage or in any of the third party websites that this webpage provides links to.

To the extent permitted by law, Council accepts no liability for any injury, loss, costs or damage whatsoever suffered or incurred in connection with your use of this webpage and the available resources, or for the content of any third party websites to which this webpage provides links to.

2021 Program Resources

All participating primary schools will be provided with a suite of program resources to assist with student learning and ongoing establishment of an activate and healthy eating lifestyle.

Active Kids Student Passport
Healthy & Active Classroom Daily Challenge Posters
Activity Card - Recess Schoolyard Workout
Activity Card - Playground Family Workout 

Active Kids Passport

All participants receive an Active Kids Passport. The passport is used by students to keep a record (diary) of any ‘physical activity’ undertaken and to record ‘healthy eating’ habits (e.g. serves of fruit and vegetables). The passport is designed as a fun way for participants to learn more about the benefits of ‘physical activity’ and ‘healthy eating’ (e.g. health information, activity and eating diary, in-school activities etc).

Healthy & Active Classroom Daily Challenge Posters

Individual Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Classroom posters have been designed to reinforce positive daily messages in the classroom. Each class participating in Active Kids will receive both posters which prescribes a small and simple daily task for each student to complete during the 8-week program. These easy daily tasks will support students and families to identify opportunities to embed physical activity and healthy eating in lifestyles beyond the Active Kids program.

Participant Rewards

At the end of each week all students, that have participated in the weekly classroom activity and filled in their Active Kids Diary, receive a sticker for their passport. Some weeks students will also receive a reward to be distributed by their teachers once they have completed all the Active Kids activities. At the end of the program all students who participated in the program will also receive a Certificate of Participation.

School Activity Sessions

Wyndham City engages Program Partners to deliver free School Activity Days to participating schools. The School Activity Days are designed to provide new experiences for participants and promote the local junior sporting and fitness programs run by a variety of Wyndham organisations such as sports clubs, fitness businesses and martial arts studios.

Active Kids Program Partners for 2021 include:

  • Shoestring Garden
  • PointCookDance
  • Werribee Indoor Sports
  • Gracie Barra Hoppers Crossing Jiu Jitsu
  • Rebel Sport - Werribee & Point Cook
  • Hoppers Crossing Karate School
  • SportsFirst Tarneit
  • Eternity Dance 
  • Life Ready Physio & Pilates Point Cook 
  • Werribee Football Club
  • Western Leisure Services (WynActive)
  • Response Fitness
  • Rocketstars Academy 
  • Namaste Yogis
  • Rugby Victoria
  • Western United FC
  • Cricket Victoria
  • DWM Studios

Wyndham City appreciate the effort of all Active Kids Partners in 2021.

Physical Activity & Healthy Eating Tips

Physical Activity

Healthy Eating

Disclaimer

The information contained on the Active Kids webpage is general in nature and does not take into account your/your child’s particular circumstances.  You are entirely responsible for deciding whether the information on this webpage is suitable for your/your child’s needs and you use this webpage at your own risk. 

Council recommends that you seek medical advice for your child’s individual nutritional and/or physical activity requirements.  Children should be supervised by an adult when undertaking physical activity.

Council makes no guarantee about the quality, reliability, accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this webpage or in any of the third party websites that this webpage provides links to.

To the extent permitted by law, Council accepts no liability for any injury, loss, costs or damage whatsoever suffered or incurred in connection with your use of this webpage and the available resources, or for the content of any third party websites to which this webpage provides links to.

Fun Stuff

The Active Kids Program promotes the importance of engaging in fun activities and eating yummy healthy food, so that a healthy active lifestyle is achieved.

Below are some fun filled websites with ideas for fun games, activities, recipes and quizzes. So check out the web links for ideas of how to be healthy and get active.

Fun Games and Activities

Websites with fun games and activities for kids to try!

Kids In The Kitchen

To find fun recipes and activities involving cooking for kids, try the following web links for ideas:

Join a Wyndham Recreation/Sporting Club

View a listing of groups and clubs

Want to know more about healthy living? Check out LiveLighter’s page for families.

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