Australian kids are moving slower than they were in the 80’s so now, more than ever, it is important that we try to find a balance between the growing need for technology and physical activity.
The physical and mental benefits from being active at all stages in a person’s life are clear. Despite this, as a nation we are moving less than ever and remarkably, inactivity when combined with obesity is now considered almost as risky to our nation’s health as smoking.
Some disturbing figures:
- 81 per cent of Australian children are not meeting the recommended Australian guidelines
- nearly 70 per cent of adults are either sedentary or have low levels of physical activity
- two-thirds of adults and one-quarter of children are overweight or obese
United Kingdom studies revealed the least fit child from a class of 30 in 1998 would be one of the five fittest children in a class of the same age today. This is despite lots of evidence showing sport and physical activity play a positive
role in children’s holistic development as well as their education.
The role that sport and physical activity plays in personal development is significant and should not be underestimated. Sport and physical activity gives everyone the chance to test their limits, be it by starting your first park run on a Saturday morning or competing in a 100m final at the Olympic Games. It also enables us celebrate our personal successes, on a podium at a world event or achieving a personal best weight lift in the gym.
It is important that Australian children become active in ways that support their development and set them up for a lifetime of activity and good health. This includes an emphasis on the importance of play as a form of physical activity.
Schools in Australia value highly the roles sport and physical education play in the development of the whole child, and provide excellent experiences for their students. Schools are key contributors to more physically active communities.
Bring it on Sports provides schools support with their Sports, PASS, PD/HPE and SLR programs offering a wide variety of sporting options. For further information about our services please contact us.
Note: The facts in the above article have been duplicated from the Sport 2030 – National Sport Plan