According to a New South Wales Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy, 54 percent of Australian kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old spend two hours or more daily in front of a digital screen.
Pro surfer Sally Fitzgibbons wants to change that by encouraging kids to get active.
On Friday, the 25-year-old launched the Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation in Sydney to accomplish her goal.
“It’s about trying to empower and energize future generations, I want them to get outdoors, get active, and just try to get the most out of their bodies and then the most out of life,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
Her main push is for kids to get outside and be active for at least 30 minutes a day, regardless of where they live. She plans to implement educational programs and resources for children to show them how easy it is to exercise.
The program hits close to Fitzgibbons’ heart, since she started surfing at a very young age and said it has benefited her life in innumerable ways.
“That lifestyle has given me so much in life and I’ve benefited from it, I just want to plant that seed and hopefully have the next, you know, young Sals running around and living life to the fullest,” she said.
Fitzgibbons also launched a book alongside the foundation, called Live Like Sally. It features running tips, healthy meal recipes and her thoughts on surfing as a young woman.
She just wrapped up the 2015 World Surf League Women’s World Championship Tour ranked third, and she’s fired up to make 2016 a standout year.
“I’ve got the fire in the belly to go out there, even after seven years,” she said of her plans to make a run for the world title next year.
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