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New in-language resources to encourage healthy lifestyle habits early in life

Victorian Health Minister launches new resources encouraging healthy eating and active play from the start of life for culturally and linguistically diverse families in Melbourne’s west.

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Playing it safe: why parents need to let children take risks when they play

New research reveals that parents’ tolerance of risk and injury is a determining factor in how physically active their children are.

Research news

Benefits of exercise depends on hours spent sitting: new review

The most comprehensive review of the effects of sedentary behaviour on health and risk of death has intensified the call to reduce time spent being sedentary as well as increasing physical activity.

Baker-Deakin

Am I too old to build muscle? What science says about sarcopenia and building strength later in life

Experts in muscle loss, A/Prof David Scott and Prof Robin Daly, say it's never too late to start weight training and protect yourself against sarcopenia.

Research news

Small Steps for Big Changes – an intervention to help prevent type 2 diabetes

The implementation of an intervention for people at risk of type 2 diabetes will make a valuable contribution to diabetes prevention.

Baker-Deakin

Children score D- for physical activity as experts fear health crisis looms

The latest national report card on children's physical activity shows young Australians are not moving enough and experts worry that sedentary living patterns established in childhood will increase the risk of poor health outcomes in later life.

Research news

Time for a tech break?

Don’t let your phone dominate your life. Here are five good reasons to switch off on the National Day of Unplugging this Friday, 4 March.

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World-first program expands interstate to transform primary and secondary school classrooms

After a decade of research, a revolutionary school program is set to expand into interstate and secondary schools to improve the mental and physical health of more children and teens by keeping them active throughout all levels of education.

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Lockdowns meant long hours of screen time and less activity for families

Screen time behaviour among Australian families changed dramatically during last year’s COVID lockdown with children spending almost 27 more hours each week on their screens, a new study has found.

Research news

Australians tell us what they want in parks and playgrounds

A major national study into suburban parks and playgrounds has identified a wish-list of features that meet the needs of various user groups.

Research news

My Baby Now App

A new app helping parents and caregivers cut through conflicting information.

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How does exercise training reduce pain?

We’re often told that exercise is good therapy for chronic pain. While evidence shows this to be true, a new study by IPAN researchers has revealed surprising findings about placebo treatments.

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