Local Action – Streets Ahead: Supporting children to get active in their neighbourhoods by VicHealth
Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on May 28th, 2008
Various studies have shown that the neighbourhood environment can be an extremely important component to enable children to attain the necessary level of physical activity. The more time children are able to spend outdoors, the more they are likely to be physically active.
The main aim of Streets Ahead is to increase physical activity in children aged 4 to12 years through active transport. Streets Ahead builds on the successes of VicHealth’s Walking School Bus to allow for the development of more comprehensive and flexible childrens independent mobility demonstration projects in six communities. Streets Ahead will support communities to create supportive environments that enhance childrens active transport and independent mobility in all aspects of their community life, including to and from school.
VicHealth has funded six councils to implement the Streets Ahead program from July 2008 to June 2011:
- Greater Bendigo City Council
- Brimbank City Council
- Cardinia Shire Council
- Darebin City Council
- City of Greater Geelong
- City of Wodonga