I-CAN is conducted over an eight week period during school term.
I-CAN encourages school attendance and addresses childhood obesity and inactivity by installing running tracks and fitness equipment in primary schools or in Indigenous community parks. The program provides community ownership of the equipment and during the course of one year, we have witnessed two major improvements:
• Expansion of the program into three additional communities – Galiwin’ku, Timber Creek and Bulla, all located in the Northern Territory
• Improvement rates in health assessments at Bulla School (69%) and Timber Creek School (73%)
The I-CAN database includes health assessments of 36,000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous primary school aged students, from 443 schools, across Australia. The assessments focus on:
• Strength endurance (sit-ups)
• Muscular strength (hand grip strength)
• Body composition (weight, height, BMI)
• Power and coordination
• Cardio-vascular fitness
IMP Graduates apply their Certificate III in Fitness and run coaching qualifications/accreditation and high profile within their local community to assist with track and equipment installation, and in some instances, will conduct the eight week program.
These inspirational Graduates develop positive and significant relationship with the students and their regular involvement with I-CAN attracts and encourages the children to attend school.
Graduate involvement includes:
• Evelyna Dhamarrandji (2013) – Shepherdson College, Galiwin’ku – employed to help with the on-ground track construction, community liaison and complete health assessments. Rachel Baker (2014) was also employed to assist with the health assessments in Week 1 of the program
• Dwayne Jones (2015) – Timber Creek and Bulla Schools (NT) – employed to conduct the program at both schools