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Physical Activity Report Card

The Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People produced by Active Healthy Kids Australia has been compiled in the hope that it will help inform the nation on how active our children and young people really are. The vision is to update the Report Card annually and continue to collate emerging research and trends to “score” the nation on the levels of physical activity in children and young people.

The Physical Activity Report Card initiative was first developed and produced by Active Healthy Kids Canada. The organisation has released results on an annual basis for the past 10 years.

Active Healthy Kids Australia anticipates that the Report Card findings will help:

  • Inform policy changes and environmental decision-making in health services to increase physical activity participation;
  • Highlight where more research is needed to better understand the physical activity behaviours of Australian children and young people; and
  • Encourage all Australians to make changes in their lives to model positive behaviour with the hope of increasing physical activity levels and reducing sedentary behaviour among the children and young people of today and tomorrow.

 

Active Healthy Kids Australia is a collaboration between various Universities and Research Institutes from across Australia which have a vested interest in increasing the physical activity levels of children under the age of 18.

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Letter to Parents and Carers

22 May 2017

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Carers and all nature-loving grown-ups with children in your life! Welcome to Nature Play QLD and congratulations on taking this step to benefitting your children as they grow, play and learn in nature.  A wonderful world awaits! Most people understand the life…

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Loose Parts Play Inspiration

20 Mar 2019

Are you wanting to jump start loose parts play at home but not sure where to begin? Our Loose Parts Play Wish List is a great starting point. Click on the image below to open a printable PDF version…

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The “healthy dose” of nature: A cautionary tale

15 Jan 2019

An interesting research article that looks at the possible negative outcomes of the increasingly popular trend amongst health professionals to 'prescribe nature'. This article suggests the need for caution in uncritically or universally prescribing "healthy doses of nature"…

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All Abilities Inclusion

28 Nov 2017

1 in 5 Australians is living with a disability. It can be daunting for parents, educators, and activity providers to think about how to engage children with a disability in outdoor play. We recommend you ask questions, because every disability is different and nobody knows what they need better than…

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Peter Gray Forum Video link

9 Nov 2017

Peter Gray is an American psychologist and research professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston College. He is most well known for his research concerned with children's natural ways of learning and the role of play in children's development. He is the author of Free to Lea…

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Nature Play Discussion Paper: A review of evidence & implications for practice

1 Aug 2017

Report developed for Nature Play Qld with funding from the Queensland Government, Department of National Parks, Recreation and Racing. This document is part of series of evidence-based position statements directly focused on childhood and outdoor free play. They intend to demonstrate the importan…

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Green Time vs Screen Time

8 May 2014

The 'Green Time vs Screen Time' tool for families is a fun way to help you keep track of how much time your children are spending playing outdoors ('green time'), versus time spent indoors, watching TV or on the computer ('screen time'). Getting the balance right betw…

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