Racing towards a healthy future

Students Jayden Curran, Sgiobhan Tunbridge and Bryan Ackerman. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d399718
Students Jayden Curran, Sgiobhan Tunbridge and Bryan Ackerman. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d399718

Run Around Australia participants accumulate points for their school when they make healthy choices when grocery shopping at participating shopping centres.

The program started on April 15 and runs until May 26.

Statistics indicate 85 per cent of Australian children don’t get enough exercise, 76 per cent don’t eat enough vegetables, 59 per cent don’t eat enough fruit and 20 to 25 per cent are overweight or obese.

Rockingham City Shopping Centre is running the campaign locally.

At the end of campaign, it will offer cash prizes to the top three schools that have chalked up the most amount of points by shoppers. The money can be used to make the school’s canteens healthier, and improve the school’s sport and fitness facilities.

The progress of each of the participating schools will be tracked via an interactive map at www.|runaroundaustralia.com.au.

The more ‘kilometre’ points the schools receive, the further around Australia they will run.