Get involved in Active April

Premier’s Active April encourages Victorians to participate in 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to promote the important role of physical activity in achieving healthy and active communities. Establishing the importance of physical activity during childhood can help ensure lifelong participation with resulting health, social, economic and environmental benefits for individuals and communities.

In 2014 over 92,000 Victorians participated. In 2015, Premier’s Active April is set to be even bigger and better. Families that register to participate will be supported with healthy eating and physical activity tips and incentives.

Building regular opportunities for children to be physically active at school can positively impact all areas of a child’s development: physical, social, emotional and cognitive. Encouraging children to also be active at home on weekdays and on weekends can further enhance these benefits. Some of the potential benefits to children of regular physical activity are:

Physical Benefits Social Emotional Benefits Psychological Benefits
Healthier heart and lungs Improved self esteem Improved academic function
Stronger bones and muscles Reduced stress and anxiety Enhanced memory and learning
Improved motor skills Increased motivation for physical activity Better school performance
Improved body composition Greater sense of belonging Improved concentration
Improved overall health status Improved social connectedness Improved mental awareness

In April, your son may actively engage in this initiative within his Physical Education Class. We also encourage you to discuss this initiative with your son. If he is not participating in P.E. then perhaps consider making it a family activity for the month of April.

The following web link has a plentiful supply of information and the relevant links to register: www.activeapril.vic.gov.au.

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at ephibbs@delasalle.vic.edu.au or alternatively 9508 2100.

Ms Liz Phibbs
Learning Area Team Leader – Health and Physical Education

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