Risky play: Why it benefits children
Often our instincts will scream at us to get involved and stop our children from engaging in risky behaviours. But with the benefits of risky play to our child’s development being well documented, it is useful to understand appropriate risk.
How to keep children physically active
We know that exercise helps to build strong bones and muscles and ensuring children get plenty of regular physical activity is essential for growth, but an early learning centre study has shown it can increase activity and improve behaviour as well.
Tips for raising boys during a pandemic
Raising boys isn’t always easy! Add a global pandemic and this task becomes much more challenging. Indeed, there is mounting evidence that as the COVID crisis continues, parents in many countries are struggling to keep their sons healthy and occupied.
The complex problem of childhood obesity
There’s more to addressing childhood obesity than taking away sweets and having children do laps of the oval. A report highlights the growing problem of childhood obesity in Australia, where one in four children and adolescents are overweight or obese.
Exercise: How to raise active children
Childhood obesity in Australia continues to be a widespread health concern with 25% of children overweight or obese. A Deakin University study has revealed that one of the best ways to encourage children to exercise is for parents to join in with them.
The impact of junk food ads on children
Junk food advertising is everywhere - in shopping centres and on screens of all types - exposing children to the marketing of unhealthy food. But how much of the junk food commercials are young children absorbing? Deakin University aims to find out.
Helping a child maintain healthy weight
One of the trickiest parts of parenting young children is ensuring they get a great start in life by adopting healthy eating practices. However, almost a quarter of children aged between five and 17 now fall into the obese and/or overweight category.
The benefits of active play for children
As adults we play organised sport, run or go to the gym, but physical activity for our young children means a focus on movement and active play. Why is this important? Physical activity helps improve confidence and builds strength and coordination.
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