May 30
Physical Activity and Health Conference Gets Kids Moving

Over sixty Government, Catholic and Independent teachers from schools across Western NSW will converge on Dubbo on June 1 to attend a Physical Activity and Health Conference for primary school teachers.

The Conference is a joint initiative between Western NSW and Far West Local Health Districts, NSW Health, Department of Education and The Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).

The Conference offers teachers a number of workshops including ‘Traditional Indigenous Games’, ‘Health in the Classroom (healthy eating)’ and ‘Physically Active Classrooms’. All workshops provide innovative, engaging and fun ideas to get students involved in enjoying physical activity and healthy eating.

“The aim of the day is to get teachers thinking about how they teach physical activity so all kids enjoy being physically active, not just those who are sports buffs,” Julie Smith, Acting Healthy Weight Coordinator for Western NSW and Far West Local Health Districts said.

“With one in five children overweight or obese, getting kids active and eating a variety of fruit and vegetables every day is critical to long term health and wellbeing.”

“Small screen devices such as iPads, computers and hand-held gaming devices are being used more often by children. Less than 50% of students in Kindergarten to Year 4 are meeting the Australian Recommended Daily Physical Activity Guidelines of accumulating at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity.”

“We work with primary schools in Western NSW to implement the ‘Live Life Well @ School’ program. The program helps schools create environments inside and outside the classroom that encourage students to be active and eat healthy foods. The Conference will help teachers implement the program,” Ms Smith said.

Mr James De Lyall, PDHPE Coordinator at Dubbo South Public School said the aim is to provide a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity for each student across the school week which can be really challenging among competing priorities such as maths and English.

“As teachers we need to think creatively about how we can deliver both. This can be as simple as recording times and distances during class physical activity and basing a maths lesson around these,” Mr De Lyall said.

“We have in place lots of the things ‘Live Life Well @ School’ encourages schools to implement. The benefit of being involved in the program is the resources and support it provides to our school to focus and expand on these.”

The K-6 Physical Activity and Health Conference will be held in Dubbo on 1 June. For more information about the Conference, please contact Julie Smith, Acting Healthy Weight Coordinator for Western NSW and Far West Local Health Districts on (02) 6809 8970.

Media enquiries:Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au