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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 124


Senator Allison asked the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing, upon notice, on 5 August 2004:

(1) Is the Minister aware that television programs for older people such as Move it or lose it, aired by Renaissance Television, which broadcasts on Channel 31, were axed on 1 August 2004.

(2) Is the Minister aware that over the past 4 years, Move it or lose it provided exercises designed for older people to help with arthritis and diabetes.

(3) Does the Minister agree that these programs are effective in preventing ill health in older people.

(4) What action will the Government take to encourage the resumption of broadcasting of such programs for older people.


Senator Patterson (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The Minister for Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) This matter is the responsibility of the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

(2) This matter is the responsibility of the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

(3) The National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. Some regular vigorous exercise can provide extra protection against heart disease.

Television can be an effective medium for conveying important health messages to a wide audience.

While there is no `one size fits all' approach and the population of older Australians encompasses the whole range of health status, a well designed evidence-based television exercise program may well encourage some older men and women to increase their levels of activity.

(4) This matter is the responsibility of the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.