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Katy wants you to turn off the Xbox

By johnboy 25 May 2011 28

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Chief Minister Gallagher has always had a tendency to mothering the public (put a jumper on, wash your hands, blow).

Now she wants to take charge of the children too and get them out in the fresh air instead of sitting in from of “electronic entertainment”.

“The incidences of overweight and obesity in children has doubled since 1995, prompting this initiative that encourages parents and carers to manage screen time for their children,” the Health Minister said.

“The new Unplug + Play campaign aims to increase awareness of children’s engagement with electronic entertainment and highlights the need to limit use to no more than two hours each day.”

“In addition, children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day for good health according to the Australian Physical Activity Recommendations for 5 -12 year olds,” the Chief Minister said.

Preliminary unpublished data from the 2009 ACT Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey indicates that one third of Year 6 children living in the ACT watch TV or use the computer for more than two hours each weekday.

Spending more than two hours watching television can be associated with a higher risk of overweight or obesity, poor fitness, increased social problems and increased aggressive behaviour.

There’s going to be an advertising campaign in “newspapers and magazines as well as on ACTION buses, and local shopping centres and cinemas”.

Not, we note, in electronic media. Which is a shame as that seems to be where the target market it.

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Holierthanthou 2:14 pm 26 May 11

Great work! It must be remembered these initiatives aren’t supposed to be a silver bullet, they are part of a raft of measures the govt and other bodies persue to improve health. Like building ubercool skate parks and nuking maccas from orbit.

Watson 12:25 pm 26 May 11

Pommy bastard said :

There are a great number of sporting and activity groups run for kids of all ages in Canberra. My kids have benefited greatly from the Scouts, little athletics, and basketball to name but three. Instead of chastising people, why not put money into the voluntary sector in order for them to publicise their works and activities better….

Or does that take too much influence over our lives away from Big Sister?

+1

Maybe they could also find ways to increase the participation in these type of activities, for example by subsidising the organisers more so they can offer a discount for low-income families (if they don’t already) and offer more options to have this organised at the school, so it’s easier for kids of busy parents to participate.

Also, I would’ve supported a government organised campaign urging parents to not drive their kids everywhere. So many kids get driven to school for example, when they can usually easily walk or ride. That’s half an hour of healthy excercise they miss out on right there.

And maybe schools should be told that rain never hurt any child (and parents should be alerted to the existence of rain coats) and they don’t need to stay in all day when there’s a bit of a drizzle.

All would be more effective than this ‘drugs are bad’ type of campaign!

Sleaz274 11:24 am 26 May 11

Bahahahahahaahahahhahahahaaha

This keeps getting better and better. Sitting increases your risk of heart disease. So you go from 0.003% to 0.005%. Standing up burns more calories because you generally move around while standing up. That’s the hard scientific evidence from the studies you’ve linked to…awesome, I’m overwhelmed by their brilliance.

Yeah that’s SCIENCE!! Believe all the lies and statistics you want. Eating broccoli causes cancer…

http://godplaysdice.blogspot.com/2007/09/broccoli-causes-lung-cancer-or-why-most.html
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118972683557627104.html

Again I think your impression of risk versus mine is vastly different and to relate this back to the OP games are becoming increasinly associated with movement via Wii, PS3 Move, Xbox Kinect

http://www.thetechherald.com/article.php/201048/6489/PlayStation-Move-shifts-4-1-million-unit-sales
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/News/250751,xbox-kinect-breaking-records-worldwide.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Console_wars

This will keep me amused all day.

http://www.diet-blog.com/07/why_do_healthy_athletes_die_of_heart_attacks.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_factor

Jim Jones 10:26 am 26 May 11

Sleaz274 said :

Sitting is a high risk activity?!?!?!?!?!!??!?!?!?!?!?!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahha
Hahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahha

That’s f***ing hilarious. I presume you entirely made that up and are just pulling my leg.

Try commuting/travelling on a motorbike, scuba diving, football, overseas travel, joining the army…

I think you have mistaken the word risk there for something just outside of being entombed in bubble wrap for your entire life. As I pointed out increasingly with movement technology games are no longer played sitting down further causing my hysterics at your post.

omg hahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahaha

You’re a retard.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071119130734.htm
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/725721
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/21/3169625.htm
http://news.peacefmonline.com/health/201002/37646.php
http://scitechie.com/05/sitting-increases-risk-of-death-upto-40-infographics/
http://www.emaxhealth.com/3275/jobs-require-sitting-increase-risk-death
etc ad nauseum

Sleaz274 10:13 am 26 May 11

Sitting is a high risk activity?!?!?!?!?!!??!?!?!?!?!?!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahha
Hahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahha

That’s f***ing hilarious. I presume you entirely made that up and are just pulling my leg.

Try commuting/travelling on a motorbike, scuba diving, football, overseas travel, joining the army…

I think you have mistaken the word risk there for something just outside of being entombed in bubble wrap for your entire life. As I pointed out increasingly with movement technology games are no longer played sitting down further causing my hysterics at your post.

omg hahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahaha

Holierthanthou 9:43 am 26 May 11

They can have my Special Edition Halo 3 ODST wireless controller when they prise it from my cold dead (and slightly smelly from poor hygiene) fingers.

Except, I don’t have an xbox, but if they come for my NES I do have a NES Zapper.

Good initiative, hopefully it gives good returns in terms of improved health and subsequent productivity and reduced health care costs.

WonderfulWorld 11:12 pm 25 May 11

Origin was on, just finished, kids have watched sport until 10pm after eating KFC, they are both under seven but in primary school and when they got home from school (by car driven solely by their 17 yr old L plate cousin) played Xbox from 330 until 8pm, they were supervised again by over 18 cousins. Tucker was on a bean bag in front of TV with their fingers, the bloody KFC forgot to include hand wipes (again) so they wiped them on their jumpers. We wash them once a week so that is OK. We all could not eat cause the younger get to eat first and there wasn’t none left

This is a sad and difficult circumstance of many. My message would be “lets help get others get out of the welfare and poverty cycle. These kids eat bad, play bad, learn bad and take strenght to an amazing level when they break the cycle, by getting something out of their education and making more for themselves.

Yes society has fat kids and slack parents. Who is going to make the first stance on the Oz chess board, its not going to be the Chief Minister for Canberra. It won’t happen in Australia anytime soon. We do not have Obama, Thatcher, Ghandi or Mandela.

NOT!

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