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Live Outside the Box

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Live Outside the Box is an interactive, fun, one-week activity for Stage 3 (years 5 and 6) primary school students, on how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

Students are encouraged, with the support of their families and teachers, to Live Outside the Box for one weeks. This means turning off the TV and computer games, getting outside, moving, playing and being more active. It also means reducing the amount of less healthy foods and replacing these with healthier alternatives.

As part of the activity, each student receives a student card  from their teacher. Each category in the card represents healthy choices that students can make to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Students are awarded points each day for the following categories:

  • Eating a healthy breakfast
  • Drinking water instead of sugary drinks
  • Eating fruits and vegetables
  • Eating healthy snacks
  • Being physically active
  • Limiting screen time 

Where did it originate?

The challenge has been adopted from the Q4: Live Outside the Box developed by Northern Sydney Local Health District. Live Outside the Box is a partnership between NSW Health and the NSW Department of Education.

How can my school benefit?

Live Outside the Box:

  • is FREE and can be implemented at any time throughout the school year
  • engages the whole school community and helps build momentum around the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle
  • can be used in a practical way to demonstrate the 5 ways to a healthy lifestyle and to support the PDHPE K-6 curriculum

How can I get involved?

Live Outside the Box is being promoted as part of the Live Life Well @ School initiative to all NSW Government primary schools. Live Outside the Box is also available as a ‘stand alone’ program for all NSW primary schools.

The program resources can be downloaded:

Have fun participating!