Getting healthy as a family is about making small changes together to get the balance right. Spending time together being active is a great way to have fun and build your kids’ health, their confidence and improve their mood.
The Australian Department of Health recommends that children and teens aged 5–17 years need:
Moderate activities are ones that take a bit of effort, but kids can still talk while doing them, like a brisk walk or dancing. Vigorous activities are ones that make them huff and puff, like riding a bike, skipping or sport.
Light activities might include active play and games, or taking the dog for a walk.
Screens can affect children's development in many ways – learn more about
screens and kids. Try to break up long periods of sitting as often as possible, as they are linked to
poorer health outcomes, including an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
9 to 11 hours per night for kids aged 5–13 years and 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14–17 years. Try to also keep consistent bed and wake-up times. Learn more about the importance of
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