Staying healthy as easy as riding a bike

Released 08/04/2015

ACT Minister for Health Simon Corbell today presented 15 new bicycles to Curtin Primary School, as part of the Canberra-wide Ride or Walk to School Program.

The Ride or Walk to School program, funded by an ACT Government Healthy Canberra Grant, enables schools to provide their students with an environment that encourages safe cycling and walking to and from school. It also aims to increase physical activity levels of students, which contributes to positive health and well-being.

“We know that children who get at least sixty minutes or more of moderate physical activity every day through activities such as walking, cycling or scooting to and from school have improved cardiovascular fitness compared to children who don't,” Mr Corbell said.

Data from the Chief Health Officer’s Report in 2014 shows that approximately one quarter of children aged 5-17 years were overweight or obese in the ACT, and only 20-30 per cent of children were getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

“The Ride or Walk to School program is a part of the solution to turn these figures around, and it provides an important intervention where parents and teachers can model healthy behaviours to children now, which can help to prevent chronic diseases later in life.”

The program is an important component of the suite of activities supporting the ACT Government's Healthy Weight Initiative.

“The ACT Government is committed to supporting a healthy, active and productive community and has made it a priority to address the challenging numbers of overweight and obese people within the ACT community, particularly among our children.”

The Physical Activity Foundation will receive $573,000 worth of funding through the Healthy Canberra Grants to deliver the program over three years to 30 ACT schools, which are in addition to 22 schools already funded by ACT Health. More information is available online at

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