Hot on the heels of our media release detailing the concerning decline in kid's bike sales and what that means for children's physical inactivity nationally, we caught up with the Heart Foundation's Director of Cardiovascular Health, Trevor Shilton, in this video.
Trevor is an internationally recognised expert in cardiovascular health and also holds two key global physical activity expert posts; Advocacy Manager for the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (www.ispah.org), and Advocacy Manager for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (www.iuhpe.org, a Paris-based NGO).
We caught up with Trevor and Ed Hore from cycle.org.au on Monday 24th August, the eve of a meeting of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration which was considering a national plan for active travel to school and ways to address children's physical inactivity. This national effort is closely aligned with the international physical activity agenda and will link with key global efforts in physical activity by the World Health Organisation and the UN in coming months.
The Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation is committed to working nationally with all key stakeholders to ensure we create the best opportunity to make Australia a better place for our children to ride a bike, whether that is to school, to a friends house or with their family.
Our media release of 29 August highlighted the concern in our children's lack of physical activity based on the decade long decline in sales of children's bicycles. This information illustrates why our participation in the Australian Health Policy Collaboration's work on a national policy for Active Travel to School is so critical.
Our information was covered or interviews aired on ABC Radio; Sydney Drive, Newcastle Mornings, Canberra Mornings, Radio National; 3AW News; The Project on Channel 10; the West Australian with input from WestCycle; The Riot Act ACT with a Pedal Power story, pre-records on Australian News Network, BicycleNetwork's feed and our stats into the Mercury in Hobart, and many more which we are catching up with morning.
The Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation
(see about us for more information on our transition from the very successful Cycling Promotion Foundation to an independent not-for-profit Foundation here)