Healthy living for a long life

on Wednesday, 09 March 2011. Posted in blog

Healthy living for a long life

A couple of weeks ago I read that the Cancer Council and the Heart Foundation conducted a survey of 12,000 high school children. The main headlines were ‘high school students of today will grow up to be the heart attack victims of tomorrow’ and ‘chronic disease time bomb’ so I knew the results weren’t going to be good. But reading the article was still painful. The study found:

  • One in four students was found to be overweight or obese.
  • Eighty five percent don’t engage in sufficient physical activity (to be of any benefit)
  • More than half do not meet the standard fruit and vegetable intake.

I believe that children should be given the best chance to engage in physical activity, and that they must be educated to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

I am glad to see that ACT Health is beginning to implement a traffic light system in school canteens, with’ green’ healthy foods given prominence over unhealthy ‘red’ high energy ones. Hopefully as a result we may see a decline in child obesity levels, which in the ACT was found to be almost one in five for both kindergarten and secondary schoolchildren.

This is why we have created the Healthy Hoops 4 Active Kids program. If we do not address these issues and do not actively encourage our children to participate in physical activity, we may be sending them to early graves. Healthy Hoops is free, it’s fun and is run to teach kids about healthy eating and lifestyle.

There is no excuse for findings such as this. Let’s do something about it.

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