New ex­er­cise plan for kids

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RE­NEE VIELLARIS

CHIL­DREN should be en­cour­aged to kick balls in­side the house un­der na­tional sport­ing guide­lines to be re­leased by the Ab­bott Gov­ern­ment to­day.

Con­cerned that too many kids are fat and so unco- or­di­nated they can’t catch or kick a ball, the Gov­ern­ment has launched the big­gest shake- up to school sport in a decade.

The re­lease of the guide­lines, de­signed by the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport, co­in­cides with to­day’s launch of the Gov­ern­ment’s $ 100 mil­lion na­tion­wide Sport­ing Schools pro­gram, which of­fers free sport be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter school.

Min­is­ter for Health and Sport Sus­san Ley ( pic­tured) said the AIS online guide of­fered 10 tips to help par­ents in­tro­duce sport to their chil­dren and keep them en­gaged.

It urges par­ents to pro­mote “de­lib­er­ate play’’ at home, in­clud­ing us­ing soc­cer balls or soft cricket balls in cor­ri­dors, ve­ran­das or against brick walls.

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