The state government is attempting to provide more opportunities for young people to exercise as part of a refreshed campaign promoting physical activity.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the launch of the Get Your Move On campaign in Macedon. She also announced  the latest Active Schools grant recipients.

Get Your Move On encourages kids to engage in 15 minutes of physical activity four times a day, through activities they enjoy – like walking their dog, riding to school, or kicking a football with friends.

It is part of the broader $24.2 million Active Schools initiative ensuring all Victorians aged 5 to 18 years old have the skills, confidence and motivation to live a happy and healthy life by boosting their physical movement each day outside of school.

Active Schools supports schools to take a holistic approach to physical activity, recognising there is no single solution to shifting inactivity, and encourages kids to be active through quality physical education, quality school sport, active classrooms, active travel, active recreation and a supportive school environment.

“Just a small amount of extra physical activity is all it takes to boost the social, physical and mental health of young people – in turn boosting educational outcomes, said Mary-Anne Thomas. “The Active Schools Grant is a gamechanger for our local schools by helping students with extra sporting programs and initiatives, while enhancing Victoria’s reputation as the Education State.”

Active Schools Grants are for the purchase of sports equipment, to upskill physical education teachers and to engage local organisations and clubs to deliver sporting programs.

Among the 96 Victorian schools to receive $30,000, through the latest round, is Daylesford Primary School.

The grants can also be used to make classrooms more active, encourage greater active travel to and from school through bicycle education programs, upgrade playgrounds to support greater physical activity, and provide opportunities for more recreation activities such as dance, Pilates or skateboarding.