School children in New South Wales are not spending enough time exercising at school, the state's auditor-general has warned.
In his latest report to parliament, Peter Achterstraat has suggested that government primary school students are spending more time waiting their turn, setting up equipment or travelling to venues than they are engaging in moderate to vigorous activity and learning fundamental movement skills.
According to the auditor-general, around 30 per cent of public schools are not providing the required two hours of physical education and sport per week.
"As a society, we have an important decision to make. We can continue as we are and subsidise inactivity to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, or we can make a concerted effort to become more active," he stated (June 13).
"A more active population would be happier, healthier and more productive. What better place to start than our children."
Parents wishing to promote a healthier lifestyle at home may be able to access advice and information from dietitians and lifestyle experts through wellbeing programs offered by some private health insurance providers.
Mr Achterstraat explained that physical inactivity contributes to the deaths of over 13,000 Australians and results in more than $1.5 billion in direct healthcare costs each year.