Four schools win $5,000 in Healthy Kids Pitch bid

SCHOOLS have been putting their creative ideas to the test to help improve the health and well-being of young people as part of this year’s Healthy Kids Pitch competition.

After some great and very competitive submissions, Cumberland Council has announced Guildford West Public School, St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School, International Maarif School of Australia and Cerdon College as the winners of this year’s Healthy Kids Pitch competition.
The Healthy Kids Pitch required schools to get creative and active by putting forward their ideas on a program or project that promotes a healthier lifestyle.
Mayor Lisa Lake says it was important that children and youth are taught healthy habits earlier in life to help develop healthy physical and mental well-being into adulthood.
“The Australian Early Development Census in 2018 told us that over 10 per cent of children in Cumberland are developmentally vulnerable in areas of physical health and well-being as they arrive at school,” Mayor Lake said.
“I am very proud of the continued work the council is doing with children and youth to embed positive long term changes for this generation. I know issues like excessive screen time and mental health are important concerns for many.”
The four winning schools have received a $5,000 prize to help fund the roll out of their ideas to improve the health and wellbeing of young people. The winning ideas included an active bootcamp program to encourage students to get active again post Covid restrictions, a breakfast on track program that promotes a healthy meal to the start of a day, a sustainable community garden where students can access fresh fruits and vegetables and a bootcamp and breakfast program for both students and teachers run twice a week.