We were back again this year with the official launch of the Step-a-thon in July.
An initiative from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Step-a-thon encourages kids to get out and walk to school and do more exercise in general. As Professor Kathryn North says,
“Getting active isn’t just about obesity or weight loss. The benefits of being active go well beyond and can mean so much for general health and wellbeing. The evidence is clear that the lifestyles that we lead in childhood and adolescent are fundamental to our future health. Research has shown that our attitudes, behaviours and many of our health issues that are established in childhood carry through to adulthood.”
The program is working too, as I write this blog the Step-a-thon website reports that there are 15,835 children stepping and so far they’ve raised $453,273 for child health research! That’s a fantastic effort, and we’d encourage everyone to Step out and get healthy and feeling great.
Ryan O’Keefe at the MCRI Step-a-thon Official Launch Event 2014
The Honorable Senator Fiona Nash, representing The Honorable Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbott, joined MCRI’s Director, Professor Kathryn North and Institute Ambassador Sarah Murdoch.
Joining in the fun were Step-a-thon Ambassadors Ryan O’Keefe, Matt Shirvington, Ellie Cole, Gerard Beale, Tom Garlepp, Nina Stevens, Brendon Julian and Ellyce Perry along with 2013 Step-a-thon participants and children from local school Paddington Primary.
For more details on the initiative and join in the fun, check out the website: http://stepathon.org.au/