Physical Activity 4 Everyone
Tackling Childhood Obesity
Hunter New England Local Health District
There is a trend of children’s physical activity levels declining as they enter adolescence. This is important
because adolescent physical activity levels are predictive of adult physical activity, and this is linked to the
risk of being overweight or obese. The Physical Activity 4 Everyone (PA4E1) program sought to reduce
the decline in physical activity among adolescents and to improve weight status. The PA4E1 program was
implemented in ten NSW secondary schools located in low socioeconomic areas over a two-year period.
It promoted student physical activity through seven strategies including: changes to school curriculum, sport,
Physical Education and broader school practices. In a world first, the program increased student physical
activity, reduced weight gain, and was cost effective. Upscaling the delivery of PA4E1 is a priority of the
implementation plan to address the Premier’s Priority to reduce child obesity.