2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People
21st May 14
Today the first Australian school children physical activity report card was released, with disturbing evidence showing that Australian school children rank among the worst in the world for overall physical activity levels.
The inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People has found 80% of 5-17 year olds are not meeting the Australian physical activity guidelines of at least 60 minutes of exercise each day.
ACHPER believes this report card highlights the need to continue to advocate for opportunities to support the Health and Physical Education learning area and the entitlement of all Australian children to be active and informed.
“Health and Physical Education offers learning ‘in’, ‘through’ and ‘about’ movement, and as a result, increases student engagement with physical activity”, says Alison Turner, ACHPER’s National Executive Director.
“Health and Physical Education curriculum, sporting opportunities, coupled with environmental design and active transport opportunities, all contribute to increasing the physical activity levels of children and young people. ACHPER will continue to provide support to Health and Physical Education teachers as well as Principals and schools in relation to access and pathways for student physical activity.”
ACHPER will continue to foster liaisons with the Heart Foundation’s National Lead on Active Living, Associate Professor Trevor Shilton, and will be investigating what primary and secondary teachers delivering in the Health and Physical Education learning area can gain and learn from the results of the report card. ACHPER is also mindful of what teachers may be able to contribute to future report cards and will be advocating for a teachers voice on future longitudinal studies involving school children.
A meeting with research staff at the University of South Australia was also convened on Wednesday 28 May to progress ideas of how this valuable research may be supported by ACHPER to impact on policy and practice.
About the Report Card
Supported by the National Heart Foundation of Australia and Exercise and Sports Science Australia, the Active Healthy Kids Australia Physical Activity Report Card for Children and Young People was developed by researchers at several leading Australian universities and research institutes using data from a number of national and state-based surveys. Full copies of the Report Card can be downloaded at www.activehealthykidsaustralia.com.au.