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 people.

"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 programs;

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 people;

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.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.