It is important to encourage floor-based physical activity for infants from birth. Such activities may include reaching, grasping, head movements and limb movements. It is recommended that toddlers and pre-schoolers be active for at least three hours daily, spread throughout the day.
The following are the recommended physical activity guidelines from the Department of Health.
For more information, visit: www.health.gov.au
For the first 6 months of life, breast milk can supply an infant’s nutrition and fluid requirements. At around the sixth month mark, you can start your infant on solid foods that are rich in iron. During this transition, it is important to note that breast milk or formula still serves as the main source of nutrition for your infant. Keep breastfeeding or using infant formula while you introduce other foods. Breastfeeding should continue until the baby is 12 months old, or for as long as both the mother and infant want to keep going. It is important to offer a variety of food from the Five Food Groups and gradually vary from pureed to mashed to solids. Your child should be eating a wide variety of nutritious foods enjoyed by the rest of the family by around 12 months.
For more information, visit: www.eatforhealth.gov.au
Fun Bus Mobile (in partnership with City of Darwin)
At Fun Bus, children can:
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Mini Movers Program (upcoming in Palmerston)
Where: To be confirmed
When: To be confirmed
Duration: Once weekly for 6 weeks
Time: 9.30am – 10.15am (45min)
The Mini Movers Program is designed for children aged 3 to 5 years old. This program provides an opportunity to experience a variety of sports skills in a fun and healthy manner that encourages children to move as well as provide an opportunity for children to interact with one another.
During the program, children will be exposed to fundamental movement skills and manipulative skills such as throwing, kicking and rolling. Such skills aid in the development of hand-eye coordination, muscle and skeletal development in a fun and safe environment.
Each program is limited to a max of 10 participants. Parents play a key role with the program and are required to stay for the session as you would be involved in assisting your child.
For more information, please contact our Health Promotion Manager, Navin Chandra at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 08 8927 8488.
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