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. Fresh Tastes schools have access to financial grants, discounted services, professional learning, curriculum resources and incentives from partners to achieve their goals. Schools involved in Fresh Tastes are given resources to help educate students about nutrition and health – like how to pack a healthy lunchbox or how to grow and cook fresh food. We’re also helping schools create healthier canteen menus. Schools involved are even able to offer discounts on buying fruit and veg to families.
It’s Your Move ACT
IYM 2 commenced in early 2015, and it is a 12 month project that involves nine ACT public high schools. Students and teachers from the schools developed new and innovative solutions to improve the health and well being of their communities. The project will continue in 2016 and schools will be asked to submit an expression of interest early next year. The Health Improvement Projects officer in the Curriculum section of the Education and Training Directorate will know more details shortly.
Kids at Play Active Play (KAPAP) is a capacity building program that offers training for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services in the ACT. It has been developed, and will be delivered, by early childhood specialists and health professionals. The Kids at Play Active Play training has been designed to help early childhood educators feel confident to promote active play and teach fundamental movement skills (FMS) to children aged three to five in ECEC services. This training includes practical ‘hands on’ skills sessions to assist educators to apply the learning in their ECEC setting.
The Ride or Walk to School initiative aims to increase walking, cycling and use of public transport among school students in the ACT. Participating schools receive bikes, helmets, maintenance support, personal safety sessions, road safety education, BMX skills development workshops and a range of other activities as part of the initiative.
The program is currently full with 52 schools participating but further funding is being sought to include more schools in 2016. The Physical Activity Foundation runs the Ride or Walk to School program in ACT primary schools. More information and resources can be found on the Physical Activity Foundation website or contact Physical Activity Foundation on (02) 6162 2820.