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Educators learn about importance of movement

Educators participated in a Fundamental Movement Skills workshop at Deniliquin South School on Thursday.

March 12, 2014 4:15am

Back, from left) Bec Tunny, Tania Collins, Jaimie Petterwood, Mathilda Jacobs, Kim Wettenhall, Ruth Landale and Angela Coffey; (front) Sara Myatt, Brendan Pearson and Belinda Baker.

Local educators put themselves in students’ shoes on Thursday when they participated in a Fundamental Movement Skills workshop at Deniliquin South School.

Thirteen schools, early childhood education and care service providers participated in the workshop, which was coordinated by the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

Teachers gained ideas for movement skills activities designed to make children more active.

Health promotion coordinator Brendan Pearson said engaging children in fun games and activities from an early age assists them to develop lifelong skills to enjoy physical activity in various forms.

‘‘Children and teenagers who don’t master fundamental movement skills such as sprinting, throwing and catching tend to opt out of participating in sports and physical activity later in life,’’ Mr Pearson said.

‘‘Physical activity is such a vital part of healthy living and is something that needs to be nurtured, not only by teachers and educators in schools and early childhood education services, but by parents and the wider community.

‘‘We are thrilled that over 30 teachers and educators gave up their time at the end of a busy day to enhance their skills in this area.’’

Fundamental Movement Skills workshops help to support broader healthy eating and physical activity programs in schools and early childhood education services.

It builds on the initial training teachers received for the Live Life Well at School program and Munch and Move program in early childhood centres.

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