The Students Healthy Action Council

‘The key to making change is to involve teenagers in the design and implementation of physical activity initiatives for schools’, Professor Niall Moyna, who oversees the Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge, completed by over 200,000 students, at the Centre for Preventive Medicine at Dublin City University.   

  • The aim of the Council members is to contribute ideas to helping kids worldwide become healthier with a focus on increasing activity levels.
  • Students from anywhere in the world can be part of the SHAC.
  • Students can apply and join in at any point during the year.
  • Teachers can also nominate students to sit on the Council.
  • All SHAC council members receive a Planet Kaha Council Member shirt and stickers.

Council members are :-

  • aged between 11 and 17 years.
  • full-time students at school or are home-schooled.
  • currently doing less than 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
  • are able to participate in two live 15 minute council meetings a year, complete two 10 minute surveys and put in an additional 30 minutes to helping improve activity at their school or working on a project to assist children at other schools.
  • are keen to share ideas and brainstorm.

The S.H.A.C. topics for 2020 include:-

  1. why youth activity levels fall below 60 minutes a day.
  2. activities that would entice you to be more active.
  3. what the Council and/or its members can do to help more students move more often.


The S.H.A.C. one of the Catch Fitness resources