Class 5a from Emerald State School held their pedometers aloft after coming 250th in the Global Children’s Challenge. Teacher Zan Branford said the kids loved the experience.
Class 5a from Emerald State School held their pedometers aloft after coming 250th in the Global Children’s Challenge. Teacher Zan Branford said the kids loved the experience.

Around the world in 50 days

LAST week 26 Year 5 Emerald State School students completed the 50-day Global Children's Challenge - an innovative program mixing geography, history and exercise in an effort to tackle rising obesity rates among children.

ESS teacher Zan Branford said the results were fantastic, with his students 'trekking' to a different part of the globe each day to learn about the cultures and people that inhabit the area.

Each child received a pedometer which they wore every day for 50 days, tallying up their steps and then entering their class average into the GCC website to discover where they were in the world.

The class finished 250th out of 3981 in the world, and 72nd in Australia.

"The average step count for the competition was about 16,000, and we averaged 21,500, so they really took to it," Mr Branford said.

Student Ethan Cant said the Amazon was his favourite place the class learned about.

"We learned that there are women in the Amazon that chop off their left breast so they can shoot a bow and arrow better," Ethan said.

Cleveland Wehipeihana held the class record for the most steps in a single day, amassing an amazing 99,000 over 24 hours.

The footy-mad student said the secret was simple: "I just did a lot of running around."

With ambassadors like Kathy Freeman and Welsh sprinter Colin Jackson, the GCC is expected to only get bigger.

"Nearly one third of the developed world's children are overweight or obese. These children are at much greater risk of developing mental health issues as well as cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases," the GCC website read.


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