active for life

Move, sit, sleep - new guidelines for healthier happier, smarter and stronger kids

New 24-Hour Movement Guidelines released by the Australian Government aim to help parents, carers and educators create healthy daily practices and routines for children and adolescents.

The 24-Hour Movement Guidelines include a suggested picture of what a day for a child or adolescent should look like, including time for physical activity, limiting sedentary activities and getting adequate sleep.

The new Guidelines use a 24-hour integrated approach, where physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep – which is the new component – need to be considered in relation to each other when examining their associations with health and development in children and young people.

Sleep plays an essential role in a child or adolescent’s growth and development and shares an interrelated relationship with physical activity - if children are well-rested they will have more energy to be more active and the more active they are the better their quality of sleep.

What the guidelines suggest:

To find out more about these new guidelines, including some great tips for parents, carers and educators, check out the resources on our web site. http://ors.sa.gov.au/about_us/publications

Or head to the Department of Health for guidelines for all Australians.