According to VicHealth our Children’s lifestyles are becoming increasingly sedentary, with 4 out of 5 children (5–17 years) not meeting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Globally, today’s children may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
By 2025, it is estimated that one in three Australian children will be overweight or obese. It is currently 1 in 4.
Participation in physical activity halves during adolescence as sport participation levels drop suddenly at around age 15.
Physically active children and youth are more socially active, have reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, and perform better at school.
What can you do to encourage more activity in your children? As an active childhood can lay the foundations for an active life and an active life can mean a healthier, longer life.