Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Be Active, Have Some Outdoor Fun

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Be Active, Have Some Outdoor Fun

Article excerpt

IT'S school holiday time and many parents are facing the hurdle of putting limits on screen time.

The recommended Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for children and young people are all well and good but unplugging kids from technology is becoming a great test and it's becoming increasingly difficult to provide alternatives to the social media and gaming addiction young people are drawn to on devices.

According to health and wellbeing experts, children and young people should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day.

Children (5-12 years) and young people (13-17 years) should minimise the time spent being sedentary every day and break up long periods of sitting as much as possible, limiting their screen time to no more than two hours per day.

Great guidelines and good advice especially with the alarming trends that show children are spending less and less time playing outdoors and more time inside on screens. …

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