‘SMASH’ – Sport Motivated Activities to Sustain Health – is designed to engage school children through the sport of badminton to promote healthy active living. It includes a 7 week instructional program once or twice a week for one hour before or after school. The lessons incorporate 10 minutes of nutrition and healthy active living education along with the fundamentals of badminton. Each child is given a SMASH diary where they track nutrition, activity and liquid intake. The school’s overall healthy active score (taken from the diaries) is compared to other schools participating in the program. At the end of the program, a tournament was held to determine the overall SMASH champions. Events included “Most Healthy Active Team Award”, which recognizes the highest number of completed Diary’s from schools; a round robin team tournament and contests such as who can rally the bird the longest, shot accuracy and fitness relays.
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