Alarming Statistics

Our children are sitting way too much!

Our kids don’t meet national guidelines!

The National Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for children (5-12 years) and young people (13-17 years) includes:

Physical Activity

  • For health benefits, children and young people should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day.

  • Children’s physical activity should include a variety of aerobic activities, including some vigorous intensity activity.

  • On at least three days per week, children should engage in activities that strengthen muscle and bone. On at least three days per week, children should engage in activities that strengthen muscle and bone.

  • To achieve additional health benefits, children should engage in more activity – up to several hours per day.

Sedentary Behaviour

  • To reduce health risks, children and young people should minimise the time they spend being sedentary every day. To achieve this:

    • Limit use of electronic media for entertainment (e.g. television, seated electronic games and computer use) to no more than two hours a day – lower levels are associated with reduced health risks.

    • Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible.

The Australian Health Survey 2011-12 indicates that:

  • Only one-third of children, and one in ten young people undertook the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

  • Fewer than one in three children and young people (5-17 year olds) met the “no more than 2 hours of screen-based entertainment” every day.