Kids spend more than 11 hours a day sitting down
OUR children spend more than 11 hours every day chair-bound and it needs to change, according to CQUniversity Physical Activity Research Group's Dr Stephanie Schoeppe.
Dr Schoeppe has researched the effects of dormant physical activity in children for 10 years in Germany and central Queensland, and has noticed a negative change.
"Over 80% of Australian children aged 5 to 17 years do not achieve the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day," she said.
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"It's quite a shocking number, with 60% of those figures coming from the 9-13-year-old category.
"This insufficient physical activity and too much sitting contribute to Australia's high prevalence (25%) of childhood overweight and obesity."
Many factors came down to local environment and lack of infrastructure such as footpaths and bike tracks, Dr Schoeppe said.
"We need an intervention, and healthy lifestyles promoted through schools," she said.
"And effective ways to support and work with parents in ensuring the no more than two hours of screen time is met, and kids get back to old-fashioned play time."
Dr Schoeppe said combating inactivity-related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer could start today.
"An easy way to start is for kids to ride their bicycles to school," she said.
"Riding to school is a great opportunity to be physically active every day which promotes healthy development in children."
Tannum Sands State High School offers a variety of alternating sports, changing each term.
A school spokesman said sports offered included skateboarding, dance, ultimate disc, yoga, fishing, soccer, touch, cricket, basketball, netball, volleyball, bocce and seven-a-side league.
"We like to use community facilities as well as our own for swimming, athletics, cross-country and beach carnivals," the spokesman said.