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Did you know?

In Australia, over 16,000 people die prematurely each year due to physical inactivity.
Globally physical inactivity is estimated to cause two millions deaths each year.

What do we do

We support children’s learning and development through delivering evidence-based
programs in schools, training teachers, and using physical activity to develop
children’s social and emotional wellbeing as well as their physical health.

In conjuction with partners like the YMCA and Playgroups, we support parents to
create active families as well as provide information and resources.

We work with the fitness industry to develop a strong community of people working
together to ensure more people reap the benefits of an active live.

We work to increase awareness of our sedentary lives through targeted information
and resources, including our website, information sheets and campaigns to
get people more active, e.g. Walktober™, a campaign to encourage walking, and QuitSit,
a campaign encouraging people to move more and sit less.

We work in partnership with other organisations using the transformative power of
physical activity to develop individuals and communities, e.g. Alannah and Madeline
Foundation and Deaf Sports Australia.

We advocate for innovative solutions to provide greater opportunities for children,
families and communities to be active.

Why We Do It

As a society, we have stopped moving. Each generation of Australians is less physically
active than the previous one, resulting in a sedentary epidemic. Nearly 70% of Australian
adults are either sedentary or have low levels of physical activity, while two thirds of
Australian children do not meet the daily Physical Activity Guidelines*. Given that physical
activity is shown to decrease with age this does not augur well for our future. Less than a
third of children meet the Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines of no more than 2 hours of
screen-based entertainment a day

The main factors contributing to the sedentary epidemic are:

  • Perceptions of unsafe
    communities and fear of the
    outdoors

  • Reduced play space - backyards
    have shrunk and there is less
    green space available

  • Technology reducing our
    incidental movement

  • Changes in family structures
    and word patterns

  • Passive activities
    competing for our time

  • Increased use of cars for
    transport