Herb Elliott and Cathy Freeman encourage Gympie children to walk 15,000 steps a day in The Global Children’s Challenge.
Herb Elliott and Cathy Freeman encourage Gympie children to walk 15,000 steps a day in The Global Children’s Challenge. Contributed

Helping kids stay active

IT’S time to get Gympie school children active with 15,000 steps a day.

Gympie teachers are encouraged to sign up their classes for free to The Global Children’s Challenge, in an effort to improve the long-term health, wellbeing and physical fitness of Gympie region children.

Research globally shows shocking trends:

An alarming 25 per cent of Australian children are overweight or obese.

If weight gain continues on its current path, 80 per cent of all Australian adults and a third of Australian children will be overweight or obese by 2020.

Australian children are ranked as some the most inactive of all developed countries.

Obesity is known to be a major contributor to the current type 2 diabetes epidemic.

The Global Children’s Challenge is heart set on overturning these unhealthy trends. As part of the challenge, years four, five, and six children in Gympie schools will wear a pedometer every day and aim to get more than 15,000 steps.

These steps are then logged into an interactive website which takes the class on a virtual journey around the world, making exercise fun and educational.

The Global Children’s Challenge starts in September, but Gympie school teachers need to register their interest at www.gccjunior.com before May 31, to reserve their school classes a free place in the challenge.

Australian Olympic Champions Herb Elliott and Cathy Freeman are encouraging Gympie schools to take the matter into their own hands and sign up for the free program.

Once registered, teachers and their classes will take part alongside thousands of schools globally.

“The health of our future generations is at serious risk and it is our responsibility to do our bit in educating today’s youth on the importance of being active, everyone should be getting involved,” Cathy Freeman said.

“The Global Children’s Challenge will give Gympie schools the opportunity to make a positive influence on their students’ health and fitness – not only now, but in the long term,” Herb Elliott said.

Registrations close May 31.

For more information go to www.gccjunior.com.

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