Through the Active Kids program, the NSW Government is tackling childhood obesity and helping kids get active.
Research shows that in NSW:
- 22 per cent of children aged 5 to 16 years are overweight or obese
- 75 per cent of children in NSW are not physically active for 60 minutes each day
- 44 per cent of children spending more than two hours a day on sedentary leisure activities.
Children who are above a healthy weight can have psychological, social and health issues. Other health problems can include asthma bone and joint complications, sleep disturbance, and early onset of diabetes and heart disease.
There is strong evidence that early childhood physical activity combined with healthy eating can help people reach and maintain a healthy weight later in life.
What we are doing
The Active Kids program, launched in 2018, aims to increase participation of school-enrolled children in sport and physical activity by providing parents with vouchers to help cover the cost of registration and membership fees.
Parents, carers and guardians of school-enrolled children can claim two $100 vouchers per child each year.
How we are tracking
In the first 18 months of the program, parents across NSW claimed more than 1 million Active Kids vouchers from 9500 approved providers and saved $100 million in sports registration.
The Customer Service Commission supports programs including Active Kids by helping agencies understand customer needs and providing expert advice on implementation. Customers are loving the Active Kids program with overall customer satisfaction tracking at 99.8%.