Child and adolescent physical activity and nutrition study
This study provides trends in physical activity, nutrition and body size in Western Australian children and adolescents
Michael is a health promotion researcher with a focus on program evaluation, physical activity and young people.Full profile
Dr. Karen Martin is experienced in health research comprising mental wellbeing, physical activity, screen technology use, overweight and obesity and palliative care.Full profile
Optimising the health of Australian youth is a national priority, and the increasing evidenc suggesting children’s health behaviour transitions into adulthood reinforces the importance of investing in childhood health promotion programs. Addressing Australian children’s declining physical activity participation, the quality of dietary intake and high levels of overweight and obesity requires a multi-faceted and multi-sectoral approach.
Australian Physical Activity Recommendations suggest that children3 and adolescents4 participate ia minimum of 60 minutes, and up to several hours, of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day, and that children accumulate no more than two hours screen time for entertainment each day. The Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents5 and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating provide guidance on the types and amounts of foods that should be included in the typical daily diet to meet recommended nutrient intakes and to promote good health. Recent evidence suggests that a large proportion of Australian children and adolescents are not meeting these recommendations.
In Western Australia, the first Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (CAPANS)commissioned by the Premier’s Physical Activity Taskforce was completed in 2003. A repeat study was commissioned by the Physical Activity Taskforce and completed by a team of researchers from Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia in 2008. This report builds on the CAPANS 2008 Key Findings report released in December 2009.
Martin, K., Rosenberg, M., Miller, M., French, S., McCormack, G., Bull, F., Giles-Corti, B., Pratt, S. Move and Munch Final Report. Trends in physical activity, nutrition and body size in Western Australian children and adolescents: the Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (CAPANS) 2008.
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