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Sarah Wade Encouraging Exercise

Monique Lander with her mum, Sarah Wade, Liberal candidate for Ballarat.

LIBERAL candidate for Ballarat, Sarah Wade, is encouraging Ballarat girls to make their move as part of the Turnbull Government’s landmark awareness campaign to encourage younger Australian women to get active.

“Research has found teenage girls are only half as physically active as their male peers,” Ms Wade said. “Experts say, for girls, exercise and physical activity is the number one way to prevent illnesses later in life, like osteoporosis, which affects almost one quarter of all Australian women aged over 50,” Ms Wade said.

Sarah keeps active with her two daughters, Monique and Zoe, enjoying sharing sporting activities since her girls were four years of age. Gymnastics, netball, indoor soccer, swimming and tennis have been a big part of the Wade family’s life. Today the Wade family still exercise together.

“I still regularly enjoy getting out on the bike with my daughters. More girls should be out there raising a sweat for the benefit of their future health,” Ms Wade said.

Minister for Health Sussan Ley said the campaign comes on the back of new research showing nearly 60 per cent of girls aged 15-to17 reported undertaking little-to-no exercise or physical activity compared to one-third of boys.