Fast Track to Health
Being active should be part of every adolescent’s daily routine. It’s a great way to spend time with friends, meet new people, feel good, reduce stress, and maintain a healthy weight and healthy heart.
However, around one in four Australian adolescents are above a healthy weight and the rate of severe obesity has more than doubled over the past two decades. Being overweight at this age means these children are at a significantly higher risk of developing serious chronic conditions, such as type II diabetes and heart disease, in adulthood which will severely impact their quality of life. At a time when self-esteem development is at its most crucial, negative feelings around body issues can be incredibly detrimental to the development and long-term health of children above a healthy weight.
Adolescents in Western Sydney are at greater risk of being above a healthy weight and therefore are more at risk of developing serious illnesses in later life. Often overlooked by public health services, families who are trying to help their children during this time are struggling to find accessible weight management services in this region. Many are simply unable to afford the cost of private services and are left on waiting lists for months at a time without support.
You can change the course of a child’s life with something as simple as a helping us purchase activity trackers.
This year, the University of Sydney is part of a team involved in Fast Track (www.fasttracktrial.com), a research study being conducted at the Children’s Hospital Westmead that focuses on improving physical activity levels, eating behaviours and overall health and wellbeing of children.
Overseen by specialist paediatricians and dietitians, including University of Sydney researchers, this 12-month research study aims to involve more than 100 adolescents who are above a healthy weight. In addition to intensive dietary intervention, the team will use activity trackers to increase motivation, encourage exercise and achieve better physical and psychological health. But we need your help to do this.
Our target is to raise $12,000 so the University can provide each adolescent participating in Fast Track with the tools for them to achieve a healthy weight and to help them incorporate the physical and nutritional advice provided by the clinicians.
With your help we can improve the health and wellbeing of young Australians.
Please make a gift today.