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Hunter Valley Private Hospital addresses obesity

One of the oldest private institutions, the Hunter Valley Private Hospital, is supporting some of its youngest community members. Its sponsorship of a number of local sporting teams is sending a strong message to kids that in order to prevent illness you need to have an active lifestyle.

Hunter Valley Private Hospital sponsors Shortland United Junior Football Club to ensure that sports stars of the future can participate in an active lifestyle and are aware of the healthy lifestyle message. The hospital also sponsors the AA2 men’s football team and the Shortland Devils Netball Club.

Disturbing data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals in 2011-12 nearly 63 per cent of Australians aged 18 years and over were overweight or obese. The prevalence of these conditions has increased in Australia over time, from 56 per cent in 1995 to 61 per cent in 2007-8. Data from 2009 indicated that 17 per cent of two to 16 year olds were overweight and 6 per cent were obese.

A major concern is the increase in type 2 diabetes, which is estimated to become the leading cause of disease burden for men by 2023. The cost to our society will increase from $1.3 billion to $8 billion by 2032. More than 275 new cases of type 2 diabetes are diagnosed each day.

Hunter Valley Private Hospital believes identifying and managing weight problems and childhood obesity gives children a better chance of avoiding long-term weight problems that can lead to serious consequences for their health.

Shortland United Junior Football Club’s under 14 footballers, girls and boys, attend weekly games during the football season and train regularly, helping to develop strong bodies and maintain a healthy body weight in a fun and stimulating environment. Hunter Valley Private Hospital is proud of its local sporting clubs that in partnership help to encourage and promote the healthy lifestyle message to our future generation.

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