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Pedometers for all MPs.

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Pedometers for all MPs

Wednesday, 25 June 2003

All Members and Senators of Federal Parliament have been given a pedometer, with the compliments of Senator Guy Barnett and Roche, pharmaceutical manufacturers.

This initiative is designed to promote healthy lifestyles.

“Australians are getting fatter. In Australia 55 per cent of adults are now overweight or obese, while childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 10 years,” Senator Barnett said.

“Obesity leads to cancer, heart disease and a range of other complications. We have seriously unhealthy habits. A balanced diet and regular exercise are key ingredients to more healthy lifestyles,” he said.

“Pedometers measure your steps, and with 22 kilometres of corridors in Parliament House, I am hoping MPs will have every opportunity of meeting the benchmark target of 10,000 steps per day.”

Senator Barnett, as secretary of the Federal Government’s Health and Ageing Committee has held two Healthy Lifestyle Forums to help combat childhood obesity, with the latest held in Hobart, including marathon runner Robert de Castella and the Australian Managing Director of McDonalds Guy Russo as guest speakers.

Senator Barnett also distributed an Information Booklet on the recent forums for all Federal MPs. The booklet is available at the Senator’s website or on request.

Last July Senator Barnett called for nutritional information to be included on fast food packaging. The industry said it was too hard. However, McDonalds have now committed to making it happen, which should be a catalyst for further reform.

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