Active Kids is a Wyndham City initiative FREE to schools, designed to be a fun way to encourage healthy eating habits and increased physical activity in children aged 8-10 years (grade 3 & 4) attending primary schools across the Wyndham municipality.
The aim of the Active Kids program is to address growing obesity levels in children, educating the participants and their families about the importance and the benefits of adopting healthy habits and active lifestyles.
Why become an Active Kid?
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
The number of overweight children in Australia has doubled in recent years, with a quarter of children considered overweight or obese. Causes of obesity in children include unhealthy food consumption, lack of physical activity and family eating habits. Overweight and obesity in children is one of the biggest risks to the long and short-term health of children. Overweight children are very likely to become overweight adults.
Obesity in Australia
- 14 million Australians are overweight or obese;
- More than five million Australians are obese (BMI > 30.0 kg/m2);
- If weight gain continues at current levels, by 2025, 80% of all Australian adults and a third of all children 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
- More than 900,000 Australians suffer from diabetes;
- Health disorders in children like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, hypertension and sleep apnoea can be directly attributed to childhood obesity;
- Cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) account for approximately one 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 2016 include;
- Cricket Victoria
- Wyndham Lacrosse Club
- NRL Victoria
- Ten Pin Bowling
- Tennis Victoria
- Werribee Basketball Association
- Werribee Football Club
- Resilience Gymnastics
- Let’s Ride / Cycling Australia
- Melbourne City Football Club
Wyndham has a wide range of recreation facilities, activities and services to offer. Some of Wyndham’s main recreation facilities include:
- AquaPulse – change link to http://aquapulse.wynactive.com.au/home
80 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing
Phone: 8734 5678
- Werribee Outdoor Pool – change link to http://werribeeoutdoorpool.wynactive.com.au/
80-82 Derrimut Road
Phone: 9741 3218
- Eagle Stadium - http://eaglestadium.wynactive.com.au/home
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:
- Leisure & Recreation Services and Activities in Wyndham
- Sporting and Recreation Facilities in Wyndham
- Sporting/Recreational Clubs in Wyndham
- Sporting Reserves in Wyndham
- Water Activities available in Wyndham
- Parks & Playground Facilities in Wyndham
- Bike and Walking Trails in Wyndham
- Walking Groups in Wyndham
- Dog Off Lead areas in Wyndham
- Markets in Wyndham
- Attractions in Wyndham
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
- Healthy Recipes
- Ideas for cooking with kids in the kitchen
- Tips on cooking with kids in the kitchen
- Fun Recipes
- Importance of cooking with children
- Quick meal recipes
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