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Leaping lizards program



The Leaping lizards program aims to encourage healthy eating and physical activity in school-aged children.

Based in Onslow, Western Australia (WA), the program was designed to reduce and prevent chronic illness in the community. Early intervention is a key priority of the program, with children educated how to live well from an early age.

The program utilises the Onslow School Fruit and Vegetable garden to give children hands on experience with growing their own organic fruit and vegetables. Participants assist in growing the produce which is then used in cooking classes held at the school.

There is also a physical activity component, with children encouraged to get moving to maintain their physical fitness. Yoga classes are held for both the children and adults in the community.

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Shire of Ashburton
Denise Wright
Program Coordinator
Department of Community Development
Ph: (08) 9181 3303
Mobile: 0427 993 410

Related publications

Leaping Lizards Onslow project (2010)

Leaping lizards, little garden/big change: growing a community with a simple seed.

Onslow, WA: Leaping Lizards Onslow project

The Leaping lizards, little garden / big change book provides a comprehensive account of the creation of the Onslow organic school community garden, which led to the creation of the Onslow community garden next door.

The Onslow organic school community garden was born out of a need to improve the quality of the food at the Onslow school canteen, and the need for fresh ingredients for the newly formed Breakfast club.The school garden grew a variety of fruit and vegetables that were used in the canteen and breakfast club, but also became the place for school based and youth holiday programs teaching children and young people the importance of a healthy diet. The garden was also used as an outdoor classroom to teach subjects like science, environmental health and cooking.

The success of the school garden inspired the development of the Onslow community garden. The community garden was designed to be a meeting place, a place to engage in recreation and sport, health and healing, a place for family gatherings, barbeques, festivities and events.

The book is divided into five sections:

To order copies of this resource please contact the Pilbara Health Network.

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Last updated: 27 May 2015
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