Families invited to 'Step It Up' and become more active

Published:13 February 2018

Physical activity researcher Dr Stephanie Schoeppe is promoting the Step it Up Family Program. BELOW: An image of the Garmin Vivofit Junior activity tracker to be handed out to children involved with the study.

The Step it Up Family Program aims to help Rockhampton and Yeppoon-based families become more active through the use of Garmin activity trackers and smartphone applications.

CQUniversity physical activity researcher Dr Stephanie Schoeppe says mums and dads and their children aged 6-10 years are invited to participate in this fun program.

"We will hand out Garmin activity trackers to parents and their kids to record their steps and motivate them to become more active as a family," Dr Schoeppe says.

"The program includes a fun Family Steps Challenge where parents and kids can see who has achieved the most steps in a day and week.

“The family is a unit where parents and children influence each other in terms of  activity behaviour and we want to encourage the entire family to move more and sit less.”

The Step it Up Family Program is being conducted by CQUniversity's Physical Activity Research Group. Participants may be eligible if they engage in little or no regular physical activity and would like to increase their physical activity levels.

Families who would like to join the program can register at or email or call the Step it Up Project Office on (07) 4930 6456.