Meet the Team

SmartStart for Kids! was formed by World Champion Marathon Runner Rob de Castella…

For Schools

The Healthy Eating Exercise and Living Program (HEELP) is a program designed to help those children who…

For Parents

SmartStart for Kids! has a range of useful information for parents including recipes…


StartSmart for Kids! will be visiting many ACT schools in 2013…


Where we are in 2013

In 2013, SmartStart for Kids! will commence its final year of a four year funding agreement with the ACT Health Directorate.  The program will be  delivered to 14 government primary schools across the ACT.
These schools are:
Gilmore; Gowrie; Giralang, Latham; Caroline Chisholm, Amaroo; Florey; Maribyrnong, Waniassa School (Junior Campus); Curtin; Calwell, Kaleen; Mt. Rogers, Weetangera.

Health Assessments for years K, 2 and 4

As part of Robert DeCastella’s SmartStart for Kids! program, children in the years K, 2 and 4 undergo a health assessment measuring areas such as body composition, cardio fitness, power, functional coordination, strength and flexibility. The results from these assessments will be compared to the SmartStart database (over 52,000 primary school children over a 12 year period) and those children deemed to be at risk of lifestyle related illness (either through poor body composition OR poor fitness results) will be invited to HEELP.

HEELP (Healthy Exercise, Eating and Living Program) is an 8 week program run at the school, after school and includes healthy living and nutrition education as well as fun, safe, physical activity. Each child involved in HEELP will receive a pedometer, a healthy living diary and a Premium Folder Kit.

Find out more about HEELP >

As well as the assessments and HEELP, each school involved in SmartStart in 2013 will also receive a comprehensive analysis of their results as well as detailed physical activity resources and professional development sessions.


Healthy Tip: When you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more, usually junk food.  Get enough rest and you don’t need to snack to stay awake.