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150,000 Children across Australia Get Physically Active in the AASC Program

2008-06-27

More than 150,000 children are now playing sport, games and activities after school in the Australian Government's safe, fun and structured Active After-school Communities (AASC) program. 

The Minister for Youth and Sport, Kate Ellis, joined thousands of kids around Australia to celebrate the milestone. 'To have 150,000 kids active, living healthier lifestyles and developing positive physical activity habits is a great achievement,' Ms Ellis said. "Participants are improving their motor skills, making new friends and developing a lifelong love of being physically active."  

Ms Ellis said the AASC program had grown from 900 primary schools in Term 2 of 2005 to over 3,200 schools. "The competition for the attention of young people is intense. The growing use of the internet and video games presents a major challenge to get kids off the couch and active. To address the obesity crisis we need to ensure programs, like AASC, encourage more Australian's to develop healthy routines at a young age." Ms Ellis said principals, teachers and after-school care coordinators worked tirelessly to make the program work. "We are seeing some great results, but we are always looking for new ways to encourage more young people to embrace healthy and active lifestyles."

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