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Australian children failing to get enough exercise

“When we think of Australian kids, we often picture active, healthy children,” she said on Wednesday.

“Yet the reality is far from this ideal. Instead, most Aussie kids are spending their time glued to screens and getting nowhere near enough physical activity.”

Physical activity was vital for children’s health, development and learning, Booth said.

“But despite national guidelines on the amount of physical activity children need, four out of five are not getting enough movement and exercise into their day.”

UniSA’s Professor Tim Olds said a physical activity plan should include a national monitoring system to enable governments to gauge the success of various initiatives.

“A national plan should also involve all sectors of government: transportation to encourage walking and cycling to school, urban planning to provide adequate green spaces and recreation facilities, education to encourage specialist PE teachers,” Olds said.

The research team involved Curtin and Deakin universities, UniSA, and the universities of Tasmania, Queensland, Sydney, North Dakota and Newcastle.


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