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Healthy Children Initiative Programs

Fresh Tastes is a free ACT Government service that helps schools make healthy food and drinks a bigger part of everyday life for Canberra’s kids. Schools involved in Fresh Tastes have access to financial grants, discounted services, professional learning, curriculum resources and incentives from partners to achieve their goals. They are also given resources to help educate their community about nutrition and health – like how to pack a healthy lunchbox or how to grow and cook fresh food.  For more information phone 02 6205 1452, email freshtastes@act.gov.au

Safe Cycle is a free program to support high schools to encourage students to ride, walk and scoot to school. Included are: digital game-based lessons, a bike package for loan to schools, bike maintenance workshops and online TQI Accredited professional learning. For more information contact the Physical Activity Foundation on 0499 977 823, email info@paf.org.au  – go to safe cycle

Kids at Play Active Play

Ride or Walk to School

Entrepreneurs: It’s Your Move

Kids at Play Active Play offers free training and resources for ACT early childhood education and care services, to help early childhood educators feel confident to promote active play and teach fundamental movement skills to children aged 3 to 5. This training includes practical ‘hands on’ skills sessions to assist educators to apply the learnings in their setting and is mapped against the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standard. For more information phone 02 6207 9525, email kidsatplay@act.gov.au

Ride or Walk to School is a free program run on behalf of ACT Health by the Physical Activity Foundation to build a culture of riding and walking to school. Schools have access to biking equipment for Safe Cycle lessons, TQI Accredited teacher training, curriculum resources, events, tailored route maps, bike maintenance workshops and more.  For more information contact the Physical Activity Foundation on 0499 977 823, email info@paf.org.au

Entrepreneurs: It’s Your Move (IYM) is a high school subject, fully mapped to a number of key areas in the Australian Curriculum that can be offered in a variety of flexible models. Students learn and implement an innovation approach called design thinking as well as systems mapping, to develop and implement a real health improvement project in their school. Schools receive accredited training, project seed funding, are matched with mentors (local entrepreneurs) to support them, and attend an IYM Festival of Great Ideas in which they pitch their projects to a panel of ”sharks” for further project funding.   For more information, email itsyourmove@act.gov.au

Positive Choices (Drug Education)

PE Pulse

Positive Choices is an online portal to help school communities access accurate, up-to-date drug education resources and prevention programs.

Positive Choices was informed by input from teachers, parents and students across Australia, and was developed in collaboration by researchers from:

Through an initiative led by Sport and Recreation Services in 2012, a group of organisations came together in recognition of the fact that we were all aiming to work in schools to get kids more active either through organised sport, active recreation or physical activity.
The network that formed became known as PE Pulse and it includes government and non-government organisations from the sport, recreation and education sectors. This website is the first collaborative initiative of the PE Pulse Network.

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