The Parents' Jury want to see improved physical activity environments for children including the provision of appropriate local neighbourhood infrastructure, active transport to and from school, and a return to active play.
The Importance of Physical Activity
Regular physical activity is as important for children as it is for adults. Being active has many benefits - it helps kids to stay healthy and gives them confidence, both physically and psychologically.
The Australian Government recommends that children and young people aged 5 to 18 should participate in at least 60 minutes (and up to several hours) of moderate to vigorous activity every day. Moderate physical activity includes activities such as brisk walking when you can still carry out a conversation but could not sing a song whilst exercising. Vigorous activity makes you "huff and puff" and includes organised sports such as netball, football, swimming, etc. Vigorous activity can be accumulated in short bursts rather than having to be over a continuous period of time.
There are many different ways for kids to be active both at school and at home. Not all kids enjoy organised sport so it is important to think creatively and help them find other ways to stay fit and healthy. The most important thing is to find a variety of activities that they enjoy doing.