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Australia: Pre-schoolers not active enough: study

Australian preschoolers are failing to meet the nation’s new guideline for physical activity.  Only 2.5 per cent of children who took part in a major study met the new age-specific target of three hours of physical activity a day.   Most spent 85 per cent of their waking hours inactive.

As well,  nearly two thirds  of  the children exceeded the guideline of one hour or less of TV/screen-based entertainment each day.

Read more: The Age, 26 Oct 2009

Australia: Study finds young kids spend almost all their time sitting around

Preschoolers are spending 85 per cent of their waking hours inactive, a Deakin University study has revealed.

The results of our study are concerning as they show that only 2.5 per cent of children aged three to five years are meeting the new national guideline of three hours of activity each day released by the Federal Government last week. Additionally, 63 per cent of the children in the study exceeded the guideline of one hour or less of TV/screen-based entertainment each day, says Deakin health researcher Trina Hinkley.

Read more: Press release, Deakin University, 26 Oct 2009

Read the pre-school guidelines: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Guidelines for Early Childhood Settings

Published on October 27, 2009 in Australian news