Primary school students STEP up for good health | Photo

Students from different schools across the Peel region gathered at Bendigo Bank stadium on Friday to take part in the first StepAThon.

1000 students from eleven different schools took part in games and physical challenges to raise awareness about healthy eating and sport as a way to create stronger communities.

The activities included football, basketball, burst a burpee, softball and jogging around the oval, as well as talks about clean eating and nutrition.

The StepAThon is the first big sporting event organised by Step mci, a not-for-profit organisation in the Mandurah region that provides primary schools in the Peel region with education programs about healthy eating and the importance of sport to achieve wellbeing.

“It's about bringing as many kids together, families together, people together in the community to ensure that we teach people about good health, exercise, by having real conversations with each other knowing what real food is, and having good choices of that food,” Step mci coordinator Annabelle Calbert said.

During the event participants were given a bag with free fruit and drinks and a pedometr to trace how many steps they made on the day taking part on the activities.

The schools and students that raised funds for the organisation also received a prize.

Ms Calbert said she was thrilled with the outcome.

“It’s absolutely awesome, I’m so proud of everyone coming together and actually making the event happen, it’s been a big, big job,” she said.

She said she hoped the initiative got their message across into the community and helped to promote their services.

Step is also planning on expanding into other areas outside Mandurah in the near future.

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