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Teenagers who play sport after school are only 7 minutes more active per day than those who don’t

Teenagers who play organised sport only get seven minutes more physical activity per day, on average, than teenagers who don’t play any sport. Our research, published in the Journal...

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Walk on: getting Victoria on the move

One of the simplest ways to prevent obesity is to walk more, every day. But including the simple act of walking in our day, whether purposefully or incidentally, is...


Getting dads on board to keep kids healthy

A new study has found dads might need a confidence boost to persist with healthy food and drinks for their growing children By the time their baby has turned...


National Diabetes Week – Diabetes research at IPAN

Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing Australia. According to Diabetes Australia, around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, and more than 100,000 people have developed the disease...

Institute news

What you need to know about the new muscle disease ‘sarcopenia’

We all know about osteoporosis: what it does to your bones and how to prevent it. But there’s officially a new disease in town, and it’s being described as...

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Five ways teens can cut their sedentary time

  New research is showing that teenagers are falling prey to our increasingly sedentary lifestyle – spending more than two-thirds of their day sitting down. And the less active...

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Kids’ diets and screen time: to set up good habits, make healthy choices the default at home

The availability of junk foods and screens is increasingly creating challenges for parents. But in the home environment, parents have the opportunity to shape their children’s diet, activity, screen...

Institute news

The role of technology in supporting improved nutrition and physical activity in people with cancer

This blog is by Dr Nicole Kiss, Clinical Research Fellow, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University. Nicole was asked to discuss...


Let’s not forget the bones of the problem: Osteoporosis is not just a disease of the frail older adult

Fast facts about osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a major public health concern. It is a common disease that occurs when bones become weak and at risk of fracture due to...


Understanding how food affects your mood

The dreaded sugar crash following your 3.30 sugar pick-me-up, or the post-lunch slump- most of us have faced the effects food can have on our mood and body function....


Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy shown to impact the health of both mothers and babies in developing countries

This blog originally appeared on Deakin Nutrition Our next blog is by Dr Paige van der Pligt, Lecturer Nutrition and Dietetics and International Nutrition, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School...


Exercising after you have a baby: tips for better mental health

Deakin researchers are removing common barriers to exercise and providing 24/7 advice and motivation to help new mums be more active and support their mental health.