The 2007 National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity survey found that children are undertaking an average of 3-4 hours of non-educational ‘screen time’ per day. Lower rates of daily physical activity, combined with poor nutrition habits, have seen the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity skyrocket in recent years.
HPI is implementing a number of programs which promote and encourage active, outdoor play as an effective form of physical activity for children.
HPI is also developing its role in working in collaboration, and advising local government authorities on the health impacts of urban design on children and families’ opportunities to engage in regular physical activity.
Our priorities in this area of work are to:
- Maintain and further develop the “Play Illawarra” website, which improves access by community members to information about facilities and active play opportunities for children across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.
- Work closely with local government authorities across the region to review and develop policy regarding the design and provision of high quality recreational facilities and open spaces for children and families.
- Develop and implement new models for the delivery of active play programs particularly targeting children in disadvantaged local communities.