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by Shane Stokes
January 31, 2018
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National health experts have called for clear action to reverse a worrying decline in the health of Australian children. Speaking on the day that children across the country return to school, they have called for change.
“Over 70% of children and 91% of young people are not meeting national physical activity recommendations, and the declining rates physical activity are contributing to childhood overweight and obesity,” said We Ride Australia in a statement. “A quarter of children and 29% of young people are classified as overweight or obese.”
The group, which is part of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC), has said that it believes that active travel to school ‘is one of the easiest ways to incorporate physical activity into everyday life.’
Former pro Stephen Hodge is part of We Ride Australia and elaborates on this point. “In addition to various chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers, cognitive and motor skills development and mental health are also improved with regular physical activity.
“70% of primary school children are now driven to school, but we know that many more would walk, scoot and ride a bike if safer paths and crossings existed in school zones. The AHPC’s report is a national policy framework and implementation strategy for low cost, high impact interventions to enable 3.7 million Australian children to walk, scoot and ride to school. Without a reduction in physical inactivity, we are risking the future health, emotional and economic wellbeing of our children.”
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