RUN IT: The school students are encouraged to run non-stop for 12 minutes three times a week to increase their fitness.
RUN IT: The school students are encouraged to run non-stop for 12 minutes three times a week to increase their fitness. Anastassia Perets

Power of the Paddle Pop sticks has kids running

A NEW program at Monto State School has children excited to get outside and be active.

The school's new principal and teacher, Lisa Roach, has brought her love of health and fitness along by introducing students to the Go-n-Run program.

It involves her 5/6 class running for 12 minutes non-stop three times a week around the oval.

Mrs Roach said after just three weeks of action, there was already a noticeable difference in the students' fitness.

"We have been doing it for three weeks and at the start many of them ended up walking but now they are mainly running," she said.

Each time they lap the oval, they get a colourful Paddle Pop stick to collect.

"Having those Paddle Pop sticks is a really good motivating factor," Mrs Roach said.

"It gives them an aim to collect as many as they can, so they can say 'look how many I've got'.

"It's really the power of the Paddle Pop sticks."

The program allows students to earn badges as they notch up their kilometres.

Mrs Roach said she hoped the program would go on "forever".

"Go-n-Run is just so good."


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