Get Moving This Christmas

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246 Vincent Street Leederville Western Australia 6007

PO Box 329, Leederville WA 6903

Telephone (08) 9492 9630 Facsimile (08) 9492 9711 

patf@dsr.wa.gov.au


wa.gov.au


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EMBARGOED 14 December 2009

Get moving this Christmas

The WA Physical Activity Taskforce is calling on parents to give children and

adolescents gifts that will encourage them to be physically active this Christmas. 


Physical Activity Taskforce member and Heart Foundation Director Cardiovascular

Health Trevor Shilton says switching off TVs and computers will encourage less lazy

couch loafing this holiday season.


“You’ll be providing them with endless hours of fun, while encouraging them to stay

active, develop important coordination and movement skills and improve their

health,” said Mr Shilton.


“By rethinking your Christmas gift list and purchasing gifts that get them moving you

can encourage and support kids to be active every day.  


“There are a huge range of gifts and toys that promote physical activity, with many

options that are inexpensive and make great stocking fillers.


The call follows data released this week by the Physical Activity Taskforce that

shows the majority of children are not active enough and watch more than the

recommended two hours of screen based recreation every day.


Mr Shilton says in particular parents of teenagers should be considering active gifts

with the research showing this group are the least active.


“Secondary school children, in particular girls, need to have presents that encourage

them to be active.


“Currently only 36 per cent of boys and 10 per cent of girls are meeting the physical

activity guidelines and need to be more active.


There are many healthy active Christmas gifts for children and adolescents. Here are

just a few ideas:


Adolescents


Active Clothes 

cycle pants, sports outfits, running or walking shoes and socks, hats,

rashies/wetsuits


Gift vouchers 

dance lessons, pool, mini-golf, go karting, rock climbing, gym membership


Sporting lessons 

surfing, golf, tennis, swimming 


Active Accessories 

Bike, heart rate monitor, yoga/exercise mat, pedometer, fitball, waterbottle,

fishing gear


Children


Water gifts 

boogie board, snorkel & fins, kick board and goggles, fishing rod, kayak, pool

games, beach toys


Fun with friends 

Twister, cricket bat & ball, football, Frisbee, t-ball, vortex, table tennis table,

tennis racquet


Play on own 

bike, bucket & spade, juggling balls, skipping rope, skittles, stilts, pogo stick,

boomerang, kite, roller blades, skateboard, basketball hoops, roller skates


Family fun 

family pass to a pool or leisure centre, family pass to swimming lessons, ten

pin bowling


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For more information contact:

Michelle Hogan, Physical Activity Taskforce on 0403 961 296 or 9492 9635







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