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Physical activity vital for healthy children.

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Thousands of local children are developing healthier habits as a result of the Howard Government’s $90m Active After-School Communities program.

Federal Member for Boothby Dr Andrew Southcott said the program offered families a convenient and practical opportunity to support the healthy development of children aged between five and 12 years.

Speaking after an Active After-School Communities function in Canberra with Australian Olympians Kieren Perkins and Cathy Freeman, Dr Southcott said physical activity played a major role in maintaining healthy body weight and reduced the chances of developing heart disease and diabetes.

“Some children are spending limited time engaged in physical activity, particularly after school, and the Howard Government is taking very seriously the potential health problems facing Australian children as a result,” he said.

“The Active After-School Communities program will allow about 150,000 Australian children to participate in physical activity programs designed to meet the local needs of each community in a safe, secure and supervised environment after school.”

Local schools and Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) providers which have adopted the Active After-School Communities program include: ● Belair Primary School OSHC ● Brighton Primary School OSHC ● Darlington OSHC ● Dover Gardens Primary School ● Edwardstown Primary School OSHC ● Glen Osmond Primary School ● Hawthorndene Primary School OSHC ● Mitcham Primary School Inc OSHC ● Paringa Park Kids Care ● St Bernadette’s School OSHC ● Stella Maris Parish School ● Westminster Preparatory School ● Clapham Primary School OSHC ● Clovelly Park OSHC ● Craigburn Primary School OSHC ● Marion Primary School & OSHCS ● St Teresa’s Parish School ● St Anthony’s School ● Westbourne Park Primary School OSHC

Information on becoming involved in the Active After-School Communities program is available from the Australian Sports Commission on (08) 8416 6628.