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The Live outside the box primary school project was adopted from the Q4: Live outside the box project developed by Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service. The project aims to educate primary school children in years 5 and 6 on how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
Students are encouraged, with the support of their families and teachers, to Live outside the box for two weeks. This means turning off the TV and computer games, getting outside, moving, playing and being more active. It also means reducing the amount of unhealthy foods and replacing these with healthier alternatives.
As part of the challenge, each student receives a passport from their teacher. Each category in the passport represents healthy choices that students can make to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Students are awarded points each day for the following categories:
To ensure family involvement and support for the student, parents and carers sign off the passport each night. Teachers can also run a range of activities within the school community to promote and support the challenge. Once the challenge is complete, students receive a certificate (gold, silver or bronze) based on the amount of points they have totalled.
Abstract adapted from Healthy Kids, NSW Government
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