Both the 2015 Progress and 2016 Report Card included Federal and State/Territory ‘Showcase Pages’ that highlighted current programs, policies, campaigns or initiatives in each region. The 2015 Progress Report Card ‘Showcase Pages’ identified ways that each region was promoting, supporting and facilitating active transport participation, while the 2016 Report Card ‘Showcase Pages’ shared the innovative and inclusive ways that each region is encouraging and supporting all children and young people to be physically activity for life.
Top 5 Strategies for increasing Physical Activity in Australia
- It is imperative that the Australian Government implements a funded national physical activity plan that is based on the best available evidence, targets multiple sectors and is developed in consultation with experts from various sectors. This overarching plan will help guide and unite Australian efforts aimed at increasing the overall activity levels of all Australians.
- It is crucial that all young Australians be supported to develop the ‘tools’ they need to engage in physical activity across the lifespan, helping to make physical activity easy and accessible. Being physically active needs to become second nature in order to promote healthy growth, development and wellbeing.
- Children and young people and their families need to be continually educated on the importance of balancing different types of sedentary behaviours, especially since some are more likely to be detrimental than others (e.g., screen time for entertainment vs. study for school vs. reading a book). Parents could use autonomous and supportive parenting practices, whereby they involve children in the formation of household rules and consequences/rewards.
- Schools need to ensure they have comprehensive physical activity policies in place that outline ways to encourage and engage students in physical activity throughout the entire school day to promote physical, mental, social and academic benefits. For example, in addition to formal physical education classes, schools should promote in-class physical activity and ‘energiser’ breaks. This should be developed in consultation with teachers, parents and students and reviewed over the course of a school year.
- We need to ensure that public facilities and infrastructures are well maintained, accessible, and take into consideration the different abilities, interests and motivations of all young Australians. A multi-sectorial approach should be used to plan and develop such places. Any land not currently being used effectively could be considered by local, state/territory and federal councils/governments as potential ‘pop-up’ parks and play/activity spaces, which are innovative, functional and encourage lifelong participation for all.
The links below provide invaluable information with regard to: why it is important for children to be physically active and to accumulate the recommended amount of physical activity every day; how to assist children develop the tools they need to be physically active for life: and ways of incorporating more physical activity every day.
- The National Heart Foundation of Australia— Active Living
- Australian Sports Commission
- Parents Voice— Physical Activity
- Clearinghouse for Sport
- Australian Government Department of Health— Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour
- Australian Government Department of Health— Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
- VicHealth— Physical Activity
- NSW Health— Healthy Kids
- Tasmania Department of Health and Human Services— Move Well Eat Well
- Women’s and Children’s Health Network (SA)— Physical Activity for Children
- Healthy WA— Healthy Living, Physical Activity
- QLD Government— Health and looking after yourself (youth)
- NT Department of Health— Physical activity
- ACT Health— Healthy Children and Young People
- Nature Play
- The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
- Confederation of Australian Sport
- Bluearth Foundation
- ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH— Promoting activity-friendly communities
- Designed To Move
- Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO)
- World Health Organistion— Physical Activity
- International Physical Literacy Association
2016 Report Card media resources
- Media release
- 2016 Media Kit
- PDF excerpts from Report Card
- Video clips
- Coast FM Interview with Dr Natasha Schranz regarding the 2016 Report Card
2015 Report Card media resources
- Media release
- YouTube clip
- Greens MLC Mark Parnell calls for public transport to be free for school students
2014 Report Card media resources
- Media Release
- Is Sport Enough? - Dr Grant Tomkinson - University of South Australia
- As health cutbacks loom, Active Healthy Kids Australia Report finds Australian children among least fittest in the world
- Kids In Adelaide: Inactive kids… could it be about more than screen time delirium?
- Kids In Adelaide: Active Healthy Kids Australia
ACHPER: Do our kids have all the tools?
- ACHPER: 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People
- ACHPER: Active Transport… what’s getting in the road?
- Great Health Guide: PARENTING – Get Our Kids Active
- Journal of Physical Activity & Health: Results From Australia’s 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
- Journal of Physical Activity & Health: Physical Activity of Children: A Global Matrix of Grades Comparing 15 Countries
- Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: The contribution of organised sports to physical activity in Australia: Results and directions from the Active Healthy Kids Australia 2014 Report Card on physical activity for children and young people.
- Journal of Physical Activity & Health: Australia and Other Nations Are Failing to Meet Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children: Implications and a Way Forward
- Journal of Physical Activity & Health: Global Matrix 2.0: Report Card Grades on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth Comparing 38 Countries
- Australia vying to be world champion of inactivity