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Observation challenge: Identify the factors

Watch the video of Matt again and complete the following task to apply what you have learned about factors that influence physical activity for young children. Observation challenge: Identify the …

A day in the life of a young child

Observe the physical activity opportunities in this video of a day in the life of a 4 year old child in Australia. To assist your observation you may want to …

Physical activity and the ecological model

Over the past two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number and types of factors influencing a child’s physical activity, and the ecological model of physical activity …

Are we meeting the guidelines?

In short, the answer is NO! The percentage of children meeting the recommendations varies between countries and is dependent on the type of instrument used to measure physical activity. However, …

Global guidelines

A number of countries have developed physical activity guidelines for children and adolescents. However, currently only four countries worldwide have developed physical activity guidelines specifically for children from birth to …

Physical activity guidelines

Physical activity guidelines for young children provide a set of recommendations about the amount and type of physical activity that they need based on the best scientific evidence available. Benefits …

Measuring a child’s physical activity

Measuring how much time children spend in physical activity can be done using questionnaires, activity monitors, and observations. Activity monitors Children aged between 3 and 5 years should spend at …

Physical activity milestones

Physical activity milestones provide a guide for monitoring the healthy development of children. The following guide shows the types of physical activity that children may achieve between between 0 and …

What can we do?

The obesity epidemic threatens to create a generation of children who may die before their parents… Obese children and adolescents suffer from both short-term and long-term health and social consequences. …

A global issue

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year from being overweight or obese. (Click to expand) (Click to expand) For interactive versions of …

The Obesity Epidemic

Obesity is a chronic and often progressive disease, characterised by excess body fat that can threaten or affect a person’s health. It has reached epidemic proportions globally and is one …

Creating a healthier food environment

What is shaping our eating patterns and what can be done about it? Firstly, food choices can be influenced by individual factors such as genetic predispositions, beliefs, skills and attitudes …

Week 1 Summary

Congratulations on completing week one of our course. This week, we: touched the surface of the complex obesity epidemic facing young children around the world today were presented with alarming …

Restrictions, rewards and goals

While it is important to actively encourage healthy eating habits, being too restrictive or putting too much pressure on children can have the opposite effect. Let’s look at the impact …