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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My Baby Now App

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

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Active breaks help children think better and manage their behaviour

In a world first finding, Deakin researchers have discovered that short active breaks in the classroom improve children's brain functioning and impulse control.

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Combining lifestyle behaviours to explore obesity risk in school-aged children

Studying the combined impact of different lifestyle behaviours of children could be the key to a better understanding of overweight and obesity.

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New study shows active breaks in the classroom benefit children with intellectual disabilities

Classroom-based active breaks can increase physical activity, reduce sedentary behaviour, and may also benefit the working memory of children with intellectual disability, new IPAN research shows.

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App based exercise becomes answer to fitness woes during lockdown

A national study into how people maintained their physical activity during last year's pandemic restrictions has revealed digital platforms are an effective way to help people stay fit when access to other forms of organised exercise is restricted.

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Kids spend nearly three-quarters of their school day sitting. Here’s how to get them moving — during lessons

Regular physical activity is linked to improvements in physical and mental health including anxiety and depression. It can also improve cognitive functioning such as attention and memory, and academic achievement in children.

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