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Shake a leg is a health promotion program aimed at both primary and secondary school children. The main aim of the program is to reduce preventable health conditions in Indigenous children through education, which empowers the children to have some responsibility for their own health. The children are also encouraged to take the messages home to their families and extended families, to engage them in improving the health of the wider community.
Shake a leg has been written to meet school curriculum requirements in the areas of physical education, personal development and welfare.
Shake a leg began as a pilot program in Fennel Bay in the Newcastle region of New South Wales in 2005. The Northern Child Health Network has since provided funding for the program to continue. Around twenty schools in the region have now implemented the program.
Topics covered in class include:
The success of Shake a leg has been recognised by the following awards:
Abstract adapted from Australian Resource Centre for Healthcare Innovations
Hunter New England Local Health District
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