It’s a big call, and im guessing your first response when you read that heading was something along the lines of “are you kidding me?” But have a little faith Sport for Thought-ers. It IS possible.
The National Preventative Health Taskforce (NHPT) have developed a comprehensive 7 step strategy to make “Australia The Healthiest Nation in The World by 2020”.
The strategy covers all health issues; from obesity, to smoking, to “closing the gap” between indigenous and non-indigenous people, and everything else in between.
The NPHT’s strategy clearly outlines the importance of physical education in schools, as it is the school’s role to embed physical activity into the everyday life of children.
The NPHT plans to:
- Fund, implement and promote school programs that encourage physical activity and enable healthy eating.
- Incorporate Health and Physical Education (HPE) for all Australian children into the second stage of National Curriculum development
- Australian and state governments to establish a national program to support implementation of the new curriculum, including teacher curriculum guidance and professional development opportunities
- Expand the coverage of out-of-school care health programs such as Active After School, Eat Smart, Play Smart
Through implementing their strategy combined with a national reward scheme for outstanding contributions, the NPHT is hoping that Australia will rise from the ashes to become The Healthiest Nation in The World by 2020.