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Australian Children are in Urgent Need of More Exercise Intitatives

In response to the Pedestrian Council of Australia’s media statement earlier this week, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is urging all Australians to continue encouraging children to increase their exercise levels for the sake of their physical and mental well-being.

In the Active Healthy Kids Australia’s 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People, we can see that Australia was given an alarming failing grade, being delivered a D- in exercise against 37 other countries.

“When compared to the other countries that indicated high levels of physical activity in children and active transportation, such as the Netherlands, it’s clear that these countries are making exercise a significant component of their lifestyle,” says Anita Hobson-Powell, ESSA Chief Executive Officer.

The 2011-2012 Australian Health Survey (AHS) indicated that only 1 in 3 children, and 1 in 10 young people, undertake the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. With only 19% of Australian children and young people ages 5-17 years accumulating 60 minutes of exercise every day of the week, and only 33% – 39% of primary school students engaging in at least 120 minutes of exercise a week, it’s clear Australians need to be doing more.

“It’s evident that more initiatives need to be put in place to further assist Australian children, and with National Walk Safely to School Day tomorrow, ESSA is encouraging all parents to get involved,” says Ms. Hobson-Powell.

The Pedestrian Council of Australia’s ‘National Walk Safely to School Day’ on 19 May 2017 is a fantastic initiative to get children walking to and from school, and can help encourage healthy habits that will provide life-long benefits, but we need to be encouraging our children to be more active every day.

“When looking at these statistics, and that 23% of Australian children are either overweight or obese, the concerns of children living with a chronic condition is increasing and we need to be ensuring, as parents, coaches, teachers, whoever, that our children are exercising right.”

ESSA recently released an online campaign to bridge the gap in exercise education and resources with Exercise Right for Kids.

Exercise Right for Kidsprovides research-driven resources which outline specific information on common chronic conditions and exercises that are recommended for kids. It’s a simple summary which can be provided to a school or a coach etc., to allow all children the ability to increase their physical activity levels.

“All children deserve to grow up healthy, and an active lifestyle is one of the best ways to encourage and enable this. Parents can seek the advice of an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) or Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) if they require an expert care plan.”

You can locate your local AES or AEP here.




For more information:
Camella Brightman
ESSA Member Communications Officer

Zoe Bickerstaffe
ESSA Marketing & Communications Manager
P: 07 3171 3335


About Exercise Right
Exercise Right is the public awareness vehicle of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA).
Exercise Right aims to inspire and educate all Australians to be healthier and more active. Exercise Right is expertly compiled by professionals and thought leaders in the field, making it a trusted source of information amongst consumers.