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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9742 0840.
Why become an Active Kid?
Active Kids is a Wyndham City initiative designed to encourage healthy eating habits and increased physical activity in children aged 8-10 years.
Why has the Active Kids program been developed?
Health issues, such as increasing levels of childhood obesity and diabetes suggest that children today are not as active as previous generations. The current research indicates the following:
The Alarming Facts
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 sports-minded culture that encourages children to be physically active.
Obesity in Australia
- In 2017-18, 12.5 million Australians were overweight or obese (67% of adults, 25% of children);
- If weight gain continues at current levels, by 2030, two thirds of all Australians will be overweight or obese;
- Obesity is a leading cause of premature death and illness in Australia;
- Obesity has become the single biggest threat to public health in Australia;
- 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;
Impact of Obesity in Australia
- In 2017-18 Over 1.2 million Australians now suffer from diabetes;
- Health disorders in children like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and sleep apnoea can be directly attributed to childhood obesity;
- 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;
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;
- External Website Information
Some helpful external web-sites that may assist in accessing additional information about benefits of adopting healthy active lifestyle choices including healthy meals and snacks.
Resources & 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.
Just for participating in the Active Kids Program, students from participating schools will receive a number of program resources further outlined below:
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).
School Activity Days
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 programs run by Wyndham sporting clubs.
Active Kids Program Partners for 2020 include:
- Cricket Victoria
- DWM Studios
- Gracie Barra Hoppers Crossing
- Hoppers Crossing Karate School
- Kayla Michelle, Dietition
- Martial Fitness Australia
- Melbourne Athletic
- Namaste Yogis
- Point Cook Dance
- Rugby Victoria
- Shoestring Garden
- Smash Tennis - Williams Landing TC
- Werribee Football Club
- Werribee Hockey Club
- Werribee Indoor Sports and Inflatable World
- Werribee Junior Badminton
- Werribee Rebel Sport
- Western United Football Club
- Wyndham Basketball
- Wyndham Lacrosse Club
Wyndham City appreciate the effort of all Active Kids Partners in 2020.
Wyndham has a wide range of recreation facilities, activities and services to offer. Some of Wyndham’s main recreation facilities include:
80 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing
Phone: 8734 5678
- Werribee Outdoor Pool
80-82 Derrimut Road
Phone: 9741 3218
- Eagle Stadium
35 Ballan Road, Werribee
Phone: 8734 5677
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:
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:
- Healthy Diary Recipes
- Ideas for cooking with kids in the kitchen
- Tips on cooking with kids in the kitchen
- Importance of cooking with children
- Quick meal recipes
Join a Wyndham Recreation/Sporting Club
Want to know more about healthy living? Check out LiveLighter’s page for families.