Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


World Raters or Couch “Potaters”?

31 October 2001

World Raters or Couch “Potaters”?

Aussie fitness and health expert Professor Adrian Bauman will be in New Zealand early next week to see how Kiwis promote an active lifestyle.

Professor Bauman is an authority on health promotion and population data information. He is visiting New Zealand at the invitation of the Hillary Commission as part of the promotional activities leading up to National Push Play Day on November 9.

Are Kiwis leading the world in an active lifestyle or are we couch potatoes?

Professor Bauman warns New Zealanders that our activity report card statistics and what we learn from the results are vital to the future health, wealth and welfare of all New Zealanders.

“At the moment New Zealand has Couch Potato Index or CPI rating of 32 % so that means 32% of Kiwis are still couch potatoes, not being active enough,” said Professor Bauman.

“Australia has a CPI rating of 40% at the moment so finally Kiwis are beating us at the race to get off the couch but if Kiwis don’t take heed and follow the simple message of Push Play to walk, walk, walk – Australia will once again win that race.”

Professor Bauman will also monitor plans for next Friday's national Push Play Day and meet physical activity promoters and analysts.

“The Hillary Commission’s Push Play programme is world class and New Zealand is a world leader in promoting an active lifestyle to its people. Combined with Green Prescriptions, it is innovative and effective. Other nations can learn from it," said Professor Bauman.

The Hillary Commission will also be releasing a Factivity Sheet - new facts and figures on New Zealanders’ health statistics – some results to be proud of, but also some scary realities, the Commission says.

--- ENDS ---

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Rampant Pandering To The Farming Vote

What on earth has happened to the political parties n the centre-right? Once upon a time in the US, the party of Lincoln was a respectable political party before it devolved into the cult of Trump. Here at home, the National Parry used to be able to manage and administer the economic orthodoxy in a reasonably competent fashion. Now it can barely do simple addition and subtraction. Something must have gotten into the water, and not simply out on the farm... More>>


Winston Peters Speech: The Gathering Storm Clouds: Ihumatao

Frequently around New Zealand you hear people say that politicians are all the same. It’s a convenient way to dismiss any careful investigation of the truth of that statement. New Zealand First since its inception has been committed to ‘one law ... More>>


National Agriculture Policy: Will Restore Farmer Confidence And Pride

A National Government will reduce regulatory burden and give farmers confidence for the future. Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett announced National’s Agriculture policy in Gisborne today. “Agriculture ... More>>


Shaw: Wealth Tax Not A Bottom Line For Green Party But They Will Push For It

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says one of his senior MPs misspoke under pressure when she said a wealth tax was one of the party's bottom lines. More>>


Government: More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>


Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>


NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels