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Kilometre Club Hub

 

KM (Kilometre) Club is a grass-roots school-based physical activity program. The program has been identified in multiple schools on the Mid North Coast (MNC), originating from Hastings Primary School, Port Macquarie (NSW). The KM Club aims to encourage physical activity by providing students with the opportunity to run, jog or walk outside, on a track, at a self-selected pace. The delivery of KM Club differs across each school, where some run the program before school, during school, only two days a week or every day.

In 2019 the MNC Local Health District Health Promotion team set out to conduct a mixed-methods evaluation of KM Club. This is the first study to evaluate the program. 

Aims:

  • Evaluate benefits, enablers and barriers of KM Club.
  • Evaluate the effects of KM Club on physical activity behaviours of school children in the school day.

Outcomes:

  • All schools implement a range of flexible and adaptable factors which meet the school context (see attached report- KM Club Evaluation Summary).
  • KM Club demonstrated a variety of health, wellbeing and educational benefits for children, as well as an increase in their physical activity levels.
  • The findings from this research will help to inform the improvement of school-based physical-activity programs, potentially improving short-term and long-term health outcomes and contribute to reducing childhood obesity in NSW.

See the report.

You can also view the KM Club Evaluation presentation.

KM Club is fun, easy and cost-free. You can adapt the program suit your schools context.

We have created some resources to help you get started:

If you require more information please contact Teisha Schirmer: teisha.schirmer@health.nsw.gov.au

This workshop was run to support teachers and school staff to implement KM Club.

This workshop will provide you with:

  • Information about KM Club
  • Research outcomes of the KM Club Evaluation
  • Benefits for teachers, families and students
  • Strategies and free resources to get started
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