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Physical Activity

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It is important that children and young people are physically active to ensure their health and wellbeing. The 2006 Healthy Kids Queensland Survey identified the following areas of concern:

This site provides a range of information and resources that may assist you in working with children and young people to improve their levels of physical activity.

General Information

Australia’s Physical Activity Guidelines and Recommendations
The National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians outline the minimum levels of physical activity required to gain a health benefit and ways to incorporate physical activity into everyday life. This site also includes recommendations for those aged 5-12 years and 12-18 years.

Available in print from the Queensland Health Publication Unit, phone: +61 7 3234 1053.
Source: Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing
Get Active
Sport and Recreation Services have developed the Get Active program with some tips on how to provide fun, good quality, physical activities for kids.
Source: Queensland Government, Department of Communities

Healthy Weight
This website brings together information from a range of government guidelines and sources to present healthy eating tips and information.

Source: Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing

ACHPER - Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
ACHPER is a body for the Health and Physical Education profession in Queensland, and advocates for active and healthy lifestyles across Queensland educational communities. ACHPER offers professional development programs and services in the areas of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

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Young People (12-18 years)

Australia's Physical Activity Recommendations for 12 – 18 year olds
This is a brochure that provides ideas on how to make physical activity a part of a young persons daily routine.

Available in print from the Queensland Health Publication Unit, phone: +61 7 3234 1053.
Source: Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing

Get Active
Sport and Recreation Services have put together a brochure to help provide some tips on getting teens active.

Source: Queensland Government, Department of Communities

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Children (5-12 years)

Australia's Physical Activity Recommendations for 5-12 year olds
This is a brochure that provides ideas on how to make physical activity a part of a child’s daily routine.

Available in print from the Queensland Health Publication Unit, phone: +61 7 3234 1053.
Source: Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing

Get Active
Sport and Recreation Services have put together a brochure to help provide some tips on getting children active.

Source: Queensland Government, Department of Communities

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Activity in and around school

In the classroom

Smart Moves
The Smart Moves - Physical Activity Programs in Queensland State Schools is a State Government initiative, based around the Smart Moves Policy. It aims to increase student participation in physical activity and to improve the quality of that activity. On the site you can find frequently asked questions and resources.

Source: Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training

Healthy and Active School Communities Kit
A resource kit for schools, that includes case studies from other schools, to assist those trying to promote physical activity and health.

Source: Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing

Out of school hours care

Active After-School Communities Program 

Active After-school Communities (AASC) is a nationally delivered after school hours sports program that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s primary school aged children through structured physical activity. AASC regional coordinators coordinate the delivery of the program in primary schools and Outside School Hours Care Services (OSHCS) using local sporting clubs, volunteers, private providers, teachers and OSHCS staff amongst others.
Source: Australian Government, Australian Sports Commission

Physical Activity and Nutrition Outside School Hours (PANOSH)
A series of resources to assist out of school hours facilities to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Source: Queensland Government, Queensland Health
Eat Smart Play Smart
This resource contains information about healthy eating, food safety, specific nutrition related diseases (e.g. diabetes, food allergies), physical activity and useful resources and organisations.
Source: National Heart Foundation

Travel to and from school

Safe school travel (SafeST)
Source: Queensland Government, Department of Transport and Main Roads

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Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Get Active
To make it easier for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to increase activity, Sport and Recreation Services have put together some brochures to provide some tips.

Source: Queensland Government, Department of Communities

What to Eat - Staying Healthy and Active
This document aims to raise awareness of the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Source: Queensland Government, Queensland Health (Tropical Regional Services)

Games and Activities
Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games is a resource with over 100 traditional Indigenous games created to provide all Australians with an opportunity to learn about, appreciate and experience aspects of Indigenous culture.

Source: Australian Government, Australian Sports Commission

Indigenous traditional games for children booklet
This booklet includes a variety of fun and interactive traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander games

Source: Queensland Government, Department of Communities

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Publications

The Health of Queenslanders 2010: Third Report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland
This is a biannual report on health status and disease and their impact on the health system, the community and the individual.

Source: Queensland Government

Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call for Action
The Toronto Charter is a call to all countries to help make physical activity a priority for all. The Charter provides a framework for action and partnerships across multiple sectors and with communities to build healthier, active, environmentally sustainable communities. It is a result of two years of international drafting and large scale global consultation.

Source: Global Advocacy for Physical Activity

Review Report - Future Development of School Sport and Physical Activity
This 2007 review examined a range of issues including the levels of participation in sport and activity in Queensland state schools and the types of activities and sports undertaken.

Source: Queensland Government, Department of Education, Training and the Arts

Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey 2007
This report contains the main findings of the 2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey.

Source: Department of Health and Ageing, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and the Australian Food and Grocery Council

Physical Activity and Health, A report of the Surgeon General, 1996
The report is a comprehensive review of the available scientific evidence about the relationship between physical activity and health status.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Last Updated: 16 May 2013
Last Reviewed: 15 August 2011