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Scotch Kids OK for Kay-A-Day

Written on the 28 October 2016 by scotch

Thousands of South Australian students with shoes threaded with special green shoelaces will pound the pavement to promote exercise and raise bowel cancer awareness.

Following in the footsteps of Crows star Scott Thompson, the kids from about 15 schools aim to walk or run a kilometre a day for 21 days for the Jodi Lee Foundation's Kay-A-Day initiative in Term 4.

Kay-A-Day ambassador Thompson said it was vital children lead active lifestyles from a young age, "so later on in life we reduce the risk of diseases, one of those being bowel cancer."

"In Australia nowadays, nine out of 10 young people aren't active enough each day," he said.

"I was fortunate I had two very active parents, so I was always outside and kicking balls around and grew up on the beach in surf life saving."

Thompson said the aim was to get kids active, "getting it done at your own speed."

Jodi Lee Foundation founder and CEO Nick Lee said as well as changing children's exercise habits, it also encouraged schools to fundraise.

"We wanted to do something that extended over 21 days to try to create a (long-term) change," he said.

Scotch College Junior School chose to run the Kay-A-Day initiative last term.

Student Poppy Scholz, 9, said she was excited to take part. "I like to think I'm pretty active but sometimes I'm not that active," she said.

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-- original article appeared in The Advertiser, 28 October 2016 by Roxanne Wilson. Photo: Tom Huntley.

Author: scotch

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