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Star News Group - Tuesday 28 April, 2009

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School takes steps to support healthy living

By Christine de Kock

28th April 2009 11:05:46 AM

Safety walk Student Paige leads the way from Zack, Kathryn and principal Lloyd Campbell. 29847 Picture: DAMJAN JANEVSKI

GLEN Devon Primary School will throw the spotlight on Walk Safely to School Day when they participate in the event on 15 May.

Principal Lloyd Campbell said pupils at the school are urged to eat healthy food and exercise throughout the year.

“We participate in Walk Safely to School Day because it is another opportunity to promote exercise,” Mr Campbell said.

“It is a wonderful way to enhance the fitness of children in the school,” he said.

Mr Campbell said other healthy programs at the school, included students participating in a breakfast club two days a week.

“We also have fresh fruit for children every morning, each class is served a bowl of fruit and the children have their snack in class,” he said.

“It is an initiative that is funded by the Government and supplemented by the school.”

Mr Campbell said he expected most of the school’s 154 pupils to take part in Walk Safely to School Day.

The day is used to encourage children across the State to adopt the habit of regular physical activity.

Professor Rob Moodie, head of Nossal Institute for Global Health and Melbourne University, said exercise helped children feel good.

“Getting kids into a healthy lifestyle routine goes much further than managing their weight- it gives them vital physical and social confidence.

Harold Scruby, chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, recommended 60 minutes of exercise per a day.

“Decreased walking and physical activity is contributing to an increase in preventable chronic diseases- so let’s get kids walking,” Mr Scruby said.

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