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How parents can boost their child’s motor skills, right from infancy

Using active toys, playing with older kids and having more time to explore are key ways parents can encourage their children’s motor skill development, starting from infancy, according to...

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Mussels for muscles: how to cook them – and increase your Omega-3 intake

Want a great way to bump up your Omega-3 intake that’s more environmentally sustainable? A nutrition scientist at Deakin’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) has found mussels...

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When tree houses become screen houses

A new Australian study has found a staggering 85% of parents said they would reduce their child’s screen time upon hearing that the risks include poor mental health and...

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Physical activity targets must change to optimise mental health

Global physical activity guidelines should be extended to ensure they have the best impact on mental as well as physical health, according to a new paper from Deakin University....

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Study shows texting a cheap way to reduce deaths by number one killer

A simple text message can help lower blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) in those with heart disease, according to new research recently published in the journal Open Heart. The...

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World-first Deakin study pinpoints best exercises to beat back pain

Active treatments including Pilates, stabilisation exercises, weight training and aerobic exercise could be the most effective to help beat chronic low back pain, according to new research from Deakin’s...

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From senior cit to senior fit: Gym trial puts weight behind active bones

Community exercise programs could be key to helping Australia’s ageing population maintain bone and muscle health, while busting common misconceptions about the type of exercise best for older adults,...

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Middle-age critical for brain health in later years – Dementia Action Week

Lifestyle choices made in mid-life could have a significant impact on future dementia risk, research shows. IPAN’s Dr Helen Macpherson is passionate about researching pathways to healthy brain ageing,...

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Women’s Health Week: simple tips to improve your wellbeing

In celebration of  Women’s Health Week (2–6 September), we lined up some of our leading female researchers from the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), and asked them to...

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Healthy active learning at school

Inactivity is one of the leading contributors to chronic disease – yet almost three out of four primary school-aged children are not getting enough physical activity in their day.

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Improving family diets

What can be done at a policy level to encourage families to improve dietary choices? Research tells us that the first 1000 days – the period between conception and...

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Deakin mega-study shows sitting not so bad for back pain

In good news for those with desk jobs, a new Deakin University mega-study into the causes of back pain has found no association between prolonged sitting and lower back...

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