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Fifty schools commit to keep Canberra kids active

By Canfan - 7 November 2014 6

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher today congratulated Arawang Primary School for being one of fifty ACT schools keeping children active by signing up to the Ride or Walk to School Program.

“It is great to see so many Canberra schools embracing the Ride or Walk to School program which enables schools to provide their students with an environment that encourages safe cycling and walking to school,’ the Chief Minister said.

“We need to keep promoting opportunities for children to be active and getting to and from school is a simple way that children can get some exercise which has not only health benefits but helps them to learn while in the classroom.”

This program is an important component of the suite of activities supporting the ACT Government’s Healthy Weight Initiative.

“Only about one-fifth of children aged 5 to 17 in the ACT are meeting physical activity recommendations, and one quarter are reported as being overweight or obese. This program is part of the solution to turn these figures around,” the Chief Minister said.

The Ride or Walk to School Program provides schools with the equipment and knowledge to create a culture within their school where riding or walking to school is the norm. It uses a multi-faceted approach that also includes addressing road safety issues and providing easily accessible and secure bike storage.

Overweight and obesity is a serious population health issue which can increase risks of a range of chronic diseases and places a huge economic burden on our health system. The ACT Government is committed to supporting a healthy, active and productive community and has made it a priority to address the challenging levels of overweight and obesity within the ACT community, particularly in children.

The Physical Activity Foundation received a Healthy Canberra Grant to deliver the Ride or Walk to School program to 30 schools in the ACT.

“I would like to congratulate the Physical Activity Foundation for their hard work in encouraging children to become more active and I call on all schools in the ACT to sign up to this program and help to do their bit to reduce the rates of overweight and obesity in the ACT.”

(Katy Gallagher Media Release)

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Fifty schools commit to keep Canberra kids active
Aragornerama 2:33 pm 09 Nov 14

Aragornerama said :

magiccar9 said :

PARENTS PARENTS PARENTS!!

When I was growing up, video game or computer use was limited to 1 hour per day on weekends. Don’t even consider it on school days.
Nowadays parents are too lazy/busy/uninterested in providing anything other than a screen to keep their kids entertained. Couple that with the junky processed rubbish they jam down kids throats because mummy and daddy are too busy to cook a proper meal.

Perhaps when parents start taking care of their children, and showing some true parenting skills will our (lets not sugar coat it) fat kids ever start to loose weight.

It shouldn’t be up to a school to take care of children’s health. That’s a parents job – plain and simple. Schools are there to teach our children the skills they need for future life. Sure you could argue this includes health lessons etc, but we’re now at the point where our teachers are being given the extra role of raising the kids – a job that has slowly crept out of the hands of parents.

Take me back to the day where kids would walk to school, or the bus stop, or heaven forbid if you lived out of your local area mum or dad would drive you.

Parents these days need to take a lot more responsibility for their children and start showing an actual interest in their offspring.

Absolutely. If kids are fat you can chalk it up to lazy parenting. It seriously isn’t hard to buy sugar-free cereal for breakfast, cook something healthy for dinner and whip up a vegemite sandwich for lunch (ideally something with more fruit/veg, but if there’s no time vegemite on whole-grain bread won’t make anyone fat). If people can’t be bothered it’s irresponsible for them to have kids.

While we’re on that topic, everyone should also get their kids to read for at least half an hour a day and spend some time playing outside. Parenting ain’t rocket science, but a heckuva lotta people seem to manage to mess it up.

Aragornerama 2:27 pm 09 Nov 14

magiccar9 said :

PARENTS PARENTS PARENTS!!

When I was growing up, video game or computer use was limited to 1 hour per day on weekends. Don’t even consider it on school days.
Nowadays parents are too lazy/busy/uninterested in providing anything other than a screen to keep their kids entertained. Couple that with the junky processed rubbish they jam down kids throats because mummy and daddy are too busy to cook a proper meal.

Perhaps when parents start taking care of their children, and showing some true parenting skills will our (lets not sugar coat it) fat kids ever start to loose weight.

It shouldn’t be up to a school to take care of children’s health. That’s a parents job – plain and simple. Schools are there to teach our children the skills they need for future life. Sure you could argue this includes health lessons etc, but we’re now at the point where our teachers are being given the extra role of raising the kids – a job that has slowly crept out of the hands of parents.

Take me back to the day where kids would walk to school, or the bus stop, or heaven forbid if you lived out of your local area mum or dad would drive you.

Parents these days need to take a lot more responsibility for their children and start showing an actual interest in their offspring.

Absolutely. If kids are fat you can chalk it up to lazy parenting. It seriously isn’t hard to buy sugar-free cereal for breakfast, cook something healthy for dinner and whip up a vegemite sandwich for lunch (ideally something with more fruit/veg, but if there’s no time vegemite on whole-grain bread won’t make anyone fat). If people can’t be bothered it’s irresponsible for them to have kids.

magiccar9 12:52 pm 09 Nov 14

PARENTS PARENTS PARENTS!!

When I was growing up, video game or computer use was limited to 1 hour per day on weekends. Don’t even consider it on school days.
Nowadays parents are too lazy/busy/uninterested in providing anything other than a screen to keep their kids entertained. Couple that with the junky processed rubbish they jam down kids throats because mummy and daddy are too busy to cook a proper meal.

Perhaps when parents start taking care of their children, and showing some true parenting skills will our (lets not sugar coat it) fat kids ever start to loose weight.

It shouldn’t be up to a school to take care of children’s health. That’s a parents job – plain and simple. Schools are there to teach our children the skills they need for future life. Sure you could argue this includes health lessons etc, but we’re now at the point where our teachers are being given the extra role of raising the kids – a job that has slowly crept out of the hands of parents.

Take me back to the day where kids would walk to school, or the bus stop, or heaven forbid if you lived out of your local area mum or dad would drive you.

Parents these days need to take a lot more responsibility for their children and start showing an actual interest in their offspring.

Leon 11:53 am 09 Nov 14

How many more children would walk or ride to school if they had footpaths to ride or walk on?

alllenthough 4:33 pm 08 Nov 14

Guess children need to get weekday exercise as the fence the MInisters government are erecting around the play equipment will keep the kiddies from playing near the school outside business hours.

gooterz 12:20 pm 08 Nov 14

Kids today get about half as much time to play at recess and lunch and kids did 10 years ago.

Obesity isn’t a Boolean true false either. How many kids are seriously overweight, which gender which schools?

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