National Health and Physical Education Day

Australian school children rank among the worst in the world when it comes to their physical activity levels. To tackle this problem, they need to be taught skills and have better knowledge and understanding of how to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

That’s why National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day has been designed to raise awareness of, and advocate for, a greater focus of HPE in our schools.

The theme, Good for Children, Good for Schools and Good for Communities, is being celebrated over a three year cycle, and the 2018 event – on Wednesday September 5 2018 – will focus on how HPE is ‘good for schools’.

If you are a teacher, why not take your class outside for a lesson or organise a PE-related excursion? Schools, why not plan a fun run or walk for your students? If you are a parent, why not walk home with the kids or take them to a nearby park for some play time after school?

When it comes to how to get involved, the only limit is imagination – so get moving, because every step counts!

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The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Inc. is the leading professional association that represents teachers and other professionals working in health, physical education, recreation and sport.

Having celebrated its 60th year in 2015, ACHPER promotes active and healthy living for all Australians through education, advocacy, partnership and professional practice.

ACHPER has direct contact with over 30,000 Health and Physical Education professionals, reaching more than 3.5 million students in over 9,000 schools throughout Australia. These include specialist and generalist primary and secondary HPE teachers, academics and tertiary educators leading HPE teacher training, principals, students, sport coaches, and education policy and curriculum leaders.

For further information about ACHPER, please go to www.achper.org.au