APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…read more
YMCA South Australia moves to combat childhood obesity
In an aggressive move against the rise in childhood obesity, members of YMCA South Australia managed recreation centres will receive free membership for their children aged under 10.
The initiative, which is available immediately to all current and new all-access members, has been launched with the aim of encouraging parents and guardians to be active with their children in a bid to combat the current trend towards a sedentary lifestyle.
Advising that the move would create a number of positive outcomes for both children and their families, YMCA South Australia Chief Executive, Haydn Robins stated “childhood obesity is a major issue across the nation and we wanted to provide an incentive for people to act. “Encouraging physical activity is vital for promoting a healthy lifestyle and being active together as a family can increase social bonds and improve relationships and general wellbeing.”
The move takes account of the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics that show 23% of South Australian children aged between two and 17 years are overweight or obese.
This alarming statistic is supported by the latest Active Healthy Kids Australia report card which grades Aussie kids with a D minus for overall physical activity levels and for screen time. The report goes on to indicate only 1 in 5 children are meeting the recommended level of aerobic activity each day.
Robins added “the more inactive a child is, the greater their risk of becoming overweight and children who engage in physical activities that they enjoy, tend to spend less time in front a screen.
“Free Child Membership is designed to make it easier for a visit to a YMCA centre to become ‘family time’. By removing the cost barrier, what has been a traditional adult-based activity is now practical for the whole family. Our centres are community based and there are many pool and land based activities available that the whole family can participate in.”
To learn more about Free Child Memberships and the YMCA’s current Spring membership promotion visit www.sa.ymca.org.au/gym
20th June 2019 - Research recommends aquatic activity for overweight children
30th April 2019 - Latest Ausplay survey shows gradual increase in physical activity
13th September 2018 - YMCA South Australia to manage new St Clair Recreation Centre
24th April 2018 - YMCA South Australia joins with Fitness Australia in quality partnership
9th March 2018 - Sweet drinks key to childhood obesity gap between rich and poor
16th January 2017 - YMCA South Australia to manage and operate Port Lincoln Leisure Centre
26th September 2016 - New research confirms ongoing challenges in alcohol consumption and overweight children
3rd July 2016 - Australian children slide down global fitness rankings
29th January 2016 - Childhood obesity rates to soar without urgent government intervention
12th November 2013 - Ensuring South Australian children grow healthy and strong
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.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Now TPEC Pool Enclosures - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/tpec-pool-enclosuresread more
Felton Industries is Australia’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality outdoor furniture and has been supplying premium seating solutions for all sporting, commercial, community…read more
JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…read more
BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…read more
Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!