CATCH IT: Millie (hand in the air), Matt, Liv, Solveig, Danae and Eden get into the spirit of 1.5 million passes.
CATCH IT: Millie (hand in the air), Matt, Liv, Solveig, Danae and Eden get into the spirit of 1.5 million passes.

Blakebrook school pass the test

WITH the throw of a huge beach ball, 40 Blakebrook Public School students this week made the first of their 1.5 million sporting passes, as part of a national initiative aimed at raising awareness about diabetes and encouraging healthy, active lifestyles.

Turning to Sport for Good Health is a joint initiative between the Australian Sports Commission’s Active After-School Communities (AASC) program and Diabetes Australia.

The initiative includes a challenge for primary school students on the North Coast to reach 1.5 million sporting passes, that’s one for every Australian with diabetes.

The Member for Lismore, Thomas George, was on hand to encourage Blakebrook students to Turn to Sport for Good Health leading an indigenous game of ‘Gorri’ before joining in for a quick game of ‘beat
the ball’.

“It is great to see the students from Blakebrook Public getting active and benefiting from the Active After-school Communities program by putting into place life-style choices that should help keep them fit and healthy for the future,” Thomas George said.

The huge sporting challenge aims to educate children about diabetes and the big part sport plays in a healthy and active lifestyle.

About 275 Australian adults develop diabetes every day. Changes to eating habits and activity levels can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is the most common form, accounting for 85 to 90 per cent of cases.

The AASC is a free Australian Government program.


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