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100,000 reasons why Health & PE is so important in Schools

The Australian Institute of Health & Welfare reports these facts. In 2017/18:  

·       25% of children and adolescents (2 to 17) were overweight or obese

·       67% of adults were overweight or obese

·       31% of all Australians were obese – up 12% from 1995

It is estimated that there will be $88 Billion additional costs to the Australian economy in the 10-year period 2015 to 2025, if no action taken to slow the rise of obesity.

Schools and teachers play a critical role in teaching Australian children the benefits of leading an active and healthy lifestyle. Along with parents, the community and government, the obesity trend line can be changed. To help reverse the trend, we need to ensure that quality health and physical education (HPE) is being delivered into our primary and secondary schools.

 HPE is one of the eight learning areas in the Australian School Curriculum. Research shows that children’s participation in physical activity leads to better student engagement, improved academic achievement, and better health outcomes in adult life.

HPE can help change the upward obesity trend.

But not all students are getting the benefit of quality HPE says ACHPER National CEO, John Stokes. “Inconsistencies in curriculum delivery throughout the country, means that many students are missing out on learning about the importance of embracing an active and healthy lifestyle”

That’s part of the advocacy focus of ACHPER’s annual National HPE Day on 12 September.

“The day aims to raise the awareness of the value of HPE in the Australian Curriculum; the important role it plays in the learning development of children and the long-term benefit to the community” says John Stokes.

100,000 Australian school students are participating.

Sport Australia and Tennis Australia are major Partners.

John Stokes says, “We have a vision to create a unique annual event and send a great message to the rest of the world – Australia is 100% committed in teaching all of its children about the real benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle”.

In 2019, Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) held their first HPE Day. It has mirrored ACHPER’s format.


About the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) is the leading

professional association representing teachers and other professionals working in the fields of

health and physical education in Australia. ACHPER’s purpose is to promote active and healthy living

for all Australians, particularly young people, through education and quality professional practice.

For further information, please visit www.achper.org.au

 

About National HPE Day

The theme of National HPE Day is: Good for Children, Good for Schools, Good for Communities.

 

Children who are offered quality health and physical education are better equipped to understand

the impact that physical activity has on their social, physical and mental health. As well as this, they

can develop their physical and social skills which will further encourage them to continue with their

chosen sport or leisure activity.

 

For further information about National HPE Day visit www.hpeday.com.au

 

For further comments please contact: John Stokes | ACHPER CEO | 0417 836 736 or 08 7070 0985

 

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