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In 2017-18, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Health Survey showed that a quarter of children aged 5-17 years were overweight (17 per cent) or obese (8.17 per cent).

Increased use of technology is leading to a more sedentary lifestyle, we are all spending less time participating in physical activity, therefore increasing the likelihood of weight gain.

Keeping our kids active has cognitive, social emotional & physical benefits:

  • Grow healthy bones and strong muscles
  • Improve heart health
  • Develop imagination
  • Build self confidence
  • Learn about their body
  • Have fun and enjoyment
  • Learn to take turns, share, play by the rules and care about others


To help, parents can:

  • Show their children how to use play equipment
  • Have fun with them
  • Encourage them to make up games
  • Teach them new skills


For healthier parents (and kids too):

Simple things that contribute to a happier lifestyle.

  • Walk the dog together / take nature walks
  • Have fun together on an adventure playground
  • Group classes (yoga, spin)
  • Family fun run


Maintaining a healthy lifestyle for you and your children doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s just a matter of making small physical changes that can benefit your whole family.

Shawn Brack is the HPE Teacher and Sports Coordinator at St Joseph’s School, Parramatta Park