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Mobile March celebrates 10 years of active students!

Published: 24 February 2020

Ready, set, go! Mobile March 2020 starts this week and primary school students across Cardinia Shire are being encouraged to be active when travelling to school this month.

Now in its tenth year, Council’s Mobile March campaign aims to increase physical activity in children through awareness, education, competition and prizes.

Throughout the month, students from participating primary schools in Cardinia Shire are committing to walking, riding, skateboarding, or scooting to school where they can. For schools where active travel is a challenge, teachers encourage and support children to participate in laps around the football ovals or basketball courts, so that everyone can get active.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Jeff Springfield encouraged students to step up to the Mobile March challenge and experience the value of physical activity and quality time spent with peers and family.

“Only one in five kids aged 5-17 years get the recommended one hour of physical activity every day, which is why it’s so important that we have as many primary schools participating in Mobile March as possible. In 2019, 17 local schools participated in Mobile March, with more than 6,500 students involved, and we’re hoping to beat this record again in 2020,” Cr Springfield said.

“It’s great to see students engage in active, healthy and social ways to get to and from school – and I look forward to seeing all the creative ways students keep active at schools where active travel is challenging.”

Participating in Mobile March and Bicycle Network’s National Ride2School Day on Friday 13 March is a great way for children to discover the benefits of being active and for families to consider how they can incorporate active travel into their morning and afternoon routines.

Council also has a number of ‘Stop and Drop’ zones available across the shire, which enables families that usually drive to school to park the car at a designated stop and drop zone or a short distance from school and walk the rest of the way. All stop and drop zones are detailed on Council’s website at www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/stopanddropzones

Each day, teachers at participating primary schools will tally the students who were active as part of the program. Participating schools will go in the running to win the coveted place and trophy for Mobile March’s ‘Most Active School’ in Cardinia Shire.

The campaign is again being promoted in partnership with Aligned Leisure who are running the ‘Active Families’ initiative, encouraging families to share how they enjoy being active together. A weekly $50 Coles voucher can be won, with a further opportunity for three participating families to win a $100 Coles voucher at the end of the initiative.

Families can register for the Active Families competition online at https://alignedleisure.formstack.com/forms/mobile_march_registration

Schools can still register to participate in Mobile March 2020 by contacting Council’s Active Children’s Officer on 1300 787 624 or email mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au

Cardinia Shire Council is a Child Friendly City, recognised by UNICEF since 2015. This means we are committed to listening to children’s voices in Cardinia Shire, ensuring that children are given opportunities to be their best, and that they are valued, respected, celebrated and heard. For more information, head to: www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/cfc