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Pinjarra Primary leads by healthy example.

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Canning MHR Don Randall visited Pinjarra Primary School recently, to check on their progress under the Building a Healthy, Active Australia programme.

In July this year, Mr Randall learnt of five schools in the Canning electorate who had signed on to participate in the initiative, which aims to address the growing crisis of youth obesity.

“The Government has allocated $90 million to this program over four years and aims to improve the health, well-being and motor skill competencies of primary school children,” said Mr Randall.

Schools each receive around $1,500 in funding, dependant on the programmes they intend on running during the term.

“It is very important that children learn the benefits of a balanced lifestyle early so they can set themselves up for a healthy future,” said Mr Randall.

Georgina Webb from Mandurah Surf Lifesaving and Principal Mr Rob Davis supervised the activities on the day Mr Randall visited the school.

Today’s lesson was the last for Surf Lifesaving. Next week the students will move onto Hockey and Soccer.

Part of the funding has been spent on acquiring trainers from local sporting teams to deliver the program, relieving the pressure on teachers who have spent all day with students.

“It’s clear that the students are having a great time and whilst they may not realise it now, they are learning the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.” Mr Randall said.