Healthy Living NT

Childhood

Physical Activity Guidelines

  • The National Physical Activity Guidelines for children aged 5 to 12 years are to accumulate 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity exercises each day.
  • Children should start slowly and build up the amount and intensity of physical activity. To increase activity, children can visit playgrounds, parks, nature reserves, ovals or beaches and get involved in a variety of different sports and activities.
  • Children should also limit time spent watching television and other electronic devices.
  • Limit time for watching TV and using electronic games.

For more information, visit: www.health.gov.au

Nutrition Guidelines

Some of the nutrition guidelines for children are:

  • To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs.
  • Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups every day:
  • Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt and added sugars

The amount of food your child will need from the Five Food Groups depends on their age, gender, height, weight and physical activity levels.

For more information, visit: www.eatforhealth.gov.au

Programmes Available:

Fun in the Parks (in partnership with City of Darwin)

  • Fun In The Parks is a school holiday program focused on the primary school age group and held at various ovals and parks around Darwin.
  • Activities including water play, art and craft, a slide, ball games, large gym shapes, and face painting are just a few of the fun things available through the program. Activities are supervised.

For more information, visit: http://www.darwin.nt.gov.au/live/your-community/recreation-families-children-and-young-people/fun-parks

Active Transportation in Schools

Active Transport is one of the key behaviours that contributes to the overall physical activity levels of Australia’s children and young people. It involves little to no financial cost and can be easily incorporated into daily schedules.

The Active Transportation in Schools programme is designed to encourage children to adopt an active means of transportation to school.

Healthy Living NT is currently working on scoping plans to determine the possibility of implementing such a programme across various locations including Palmerston Katherine and Alice Springs.

If you are interested to find out more or be a part of this initiative, please contact our Health Promotion Manager, Navin Chandra at hpm@healthylivingnt.org.au or call us at 08 8927 8488.

 

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