The NSW Government has a mission: to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity by five per cent by 2025. That’s why it’s giving every school child a $100 voucher each year over the next four years to put towards the cost of registration and participation in sport and fitness activities. So what does that mean, and how do you get it?
“Active kids are healthy kids and as long as their program is more than eight weeks long and involves a moderate to strong degree of movement — it will qualify,” said Sports Minister Stuart Ayres.
To use the $100 Active Kids voucher, you simply apply here (it’s easy!), then give the details to your registered activity provider. It’s that simple. But there are a few small rules…
A student is eligible if they are:
- a NSW resident with a valid Medicare Card
- aged between 4.5 and 18 years
- enrolled in school (including those who are home-schooled or are at secondary school education at TAFE NSW).
The Active Kids $100 voucher:
- can only be used once during the calendar year it is issued (if the activity fees are less than $100, the remaining balance cannot be used)
- is only valid for the person named on the voucher
- can only be used with approved Active Kids providers. Find an Active Kids provider, here
- must not be split between more than one provider or registration (meaning you may not be able to the claim the full $100)
- used for individual items (like jerseys, socks or boots)
Our obesity problem…
In 2016 in NSW:
- 22 per cent of children aged 5-16 years were above a healthy weight
- only 26 per cent of children were active enough
- 43 per cent spent more than two hours each day on TV and computer games
- 45 per cent of children regularly drank sweetened drinks
- 62 per cent of children ate enough fruit
- only five per cent of children ate enough vegetables.
With the government’s initiative, it’s hoped that another 62,000 kids in NSW will be of a healthy weight by 2025. Of course, it would be better if it was all kids, but we think it’s a pretty decent start.
Have you gotten your voucher yet? If there is anything parents or guardians should know about it, please tell us in the comments below.