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Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

22/05/2014
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Did you know that in January 2014 the Department of Health revised their physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines across all age groups based on research completed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (Australian Health Survey: Physical Activity 2011-12)?  The guidelines acknowledge and encourage the important role schools have in helping children meet their daily physical activity requirements.   The following recommendations are for children aged 5 -12 years

Physical Activity

• At least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day.

•On at least three days per week, children should engage in activities that strengthen muscle and bone.

Sedentary Behaviour

•To reduce health risks, children aged 5-12 years should minimise the time they spend being sedentary every day. To achieve this, limit the use of electronic media for entertainment (e.g. television, seated electronic games and computer use) to no more than two hours a day.