Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Getting Heavy 'Down Under'

The Daily Telegraph in Australia reports that a government research report partly blames childhood obesity in that country on schools refusing to teach sport seriously. The report also reveals that 80 percent of Australia's elementary physical education teachers are not adequately skilled to teach PE classes, and nearly half of high school sports classes are too easy.

Just one in three students across primary and secondary schools were in the right “muscular fitness zone”. The research report recommends schools try harder to “employ specialist physical education teachers.” Lead researcher, Dr. Louise Harding, said the survey results are shocking and emphasize the urgent need for change. An Education Department spokesman said it is “working closely” with the Ministry of Health to reduce childhood obesity.

Australia has the fifth highest rate of obesity for people age 15 years and over.

Keep reaching for life's mileposts!

Gotta Run,

Paul Staso, Founder & President
The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation, Inc.

P.A.C.E. is a non-profit organization aimed at Promoting Active Children Everywhere.