Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Report Calls for ‘more facilities for physical activity’

Report Calls for ‘more facilities for physical activity’
June 5, 2009

More facilities for physical activity and a greater focus on teaching children the importance of healthy eating and exercise are key recommendations of the House of Representative's Health Committee's report on obesity.

The Committee's Weighing it up report has also called for better urban design of our cities and suburbs to encourage people to be active and national urban planning guidelines that would encourage bicycle and pedestrian friendly communities. A total of 20 recommendations were made by the Committee in order to help counter the growing numbers of overweight and obese people in Australia.

"This has significant health and economic implications for the country", said Committee Chair Steve Georganas MP (Member for Hindmarsh), adding "evidence to the Committee suggests that obesity cost the Australian economy over $8 billion in 2008. This includes the costs to the health system as a result of rising rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and the complications associated with surgery and other interventions."

Georganas stressed that the Committee wanted to send a positive message about tackling the problem, stating "there are terrific programs and projects, encouraging people to eat more nutritious food and to do more exercise. Councils are putting in walking trails and facilities, school programs are making it easier for children to walk to school and community groups are setting up exercise sessions for all ages."

Other recommendations by the Committee include:

• Governments gather more detailed information on the weight of Australians and their levels of physical activity;
• Developing better public health campaigns about obesity and the benefits of healthy lifestyles;
• Continued support for the Federal Governmentâs Active After School Communities Program;
• The Treasurer to consider tax incentives to improve the affordability of fresh healthy food and access to physical activity;
• Better regulation of weight loss products and programs;
• The food industry and Government to jointly develop guidelines to reformulate food (lowering sugar, salt and fats in processed food) and develop consistent nutritional advice on food labels;
• More support for school and community programs that teach children and adults to grow, prepare and eat fresh fruit and vegetables as an alternative to high fat, high sugar and high salt foods; and
• Establishment of a registry of bariatric surgery (various surgical procedures to assist in weight loss).

For more information please contact the committee secretariat on 02 6277 4145, www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/haa/obesity/index.htm 

6th April 2009 - ACHPER CONFERENCE TO LINK WITH QUEENSLAND 150TH BIRTHDAY


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 

QUAYCLEAN

Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

TICKETSERV

As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing

 
 

PRIAVA

About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology

 
 

Tim Batt Water Solutions

Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Recreation / Technology / Venues

 
 

Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism

 
 

TJS Services

TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide.  Our…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business