Students to 'boogie woogie' their way to better health
MORE than 1600 Ipswich primary school students will battle it out in a healthy competition to claim Ipswich's Healthiest School Awards title for 2014 while raising funds for local charity Happy Healthy Kidz Australia.
Developed by Collingwood Park residents Selina Box and David McCallum of The Boogie Woogies Superhero Band, the challenge uses music and healthy competition to teach students about healthy eating and being active.
"We developed the program after seeing the rise in childhood obesity and the impact of poor nutrition on children's learning and long-term health and wellbeing," Ms Box said.
"We identified Ipswich as a community in need, like many other communities throughout Australia, with obesity and related preventable chronic disease.
"As Ipswich residents, we care about our community and want to make a positive difference in the area in which we live."
Since 2011 the Eat Smart B Active program has been delivered to more than 16,000 primary school students nationally with the support of Happy Healthy Kidz Australia.
The Healthiest School Awards challenge kicked off in Ipswich schools this week with the Eat Smart B Active live show, the largest musical and theatrical production touring Australian schools.
The popular show features The Boogie Woogies Superhero Band.
"Children really love the Eat Smart B Active live show presented by The Boogie Woogies Superhero Band as it empowers them to make healthy lifestyle choices in a really fun and engaging way," Ms Box said.
The performances are followed by a student challenge designed to promote healthy choices, which includes healthy lunch box and skipping rope competitions.