LET'S GET PHYSICAL!
Let's Get Physical
LET'S GET PHYSICAL!
7 February 2003
The Nationals in Government would establish a Physical Fitness Council as an
innovative new way of promoting fitness in Lismore Electorate, Nationals' Member
for Lismore, Thomas George said today.
The establishment of a Council marks the first time a whole-of-Government
approach has been taken to improving physical fitness, particularly among young
"Improving physical fitness within our communities is something that should be
positive and fun.
"Country NSW has a proud tradition of producing some of our greatest sporting
heroes and the profiles of these people should be used to encourage others to
get more active," Mr George said.
The NSW Physical Fitness Council would include representatives of NSW Health,
the Department of Education, Department of Sport and Recreation, media and
community representatives and would be chaired by a prominent NSW sportsperson.
The basic aims of the Council will be to:
Improve the fitness level of children in NSW by encouraging them to
participate in sport and physically active lifestyles;
Provide a single point of focus for programs targeted to the fitness and
health of school children, to overcome inefficiencies observed in current
Draw on the skills and talents of media representatives, educational
specialists, health specialists and prominent sportspeople to further develop
and build strategies that promote fitness and a positive body image among young
Increase the prominence of "fitness" and "health" in the school curriculum and
link it to a positive message of self-esteem;
Develop educational modules covering health, fitness and a positive body image
for prominent sportspeople to deliver in schools;
Mr George said that as a community we needed to do a lot more work in making
fitness an integral part of children's education and a daily part of adult life.
"Already I have experience a fresh approach to issues such as what we serve in
school tuckshops, sporting equipment in schools, showers in workplaces and
schools, and our use of sporting role models in communicating with young
people," Mr George said.