Nearly 80 per cent of Australian children fall short on exercise

Jul 22, 2019 by

By Ross Morrison –

For the past 30 years I have worked at the frontline of school sport, watching as its popularity has declined and obesity rates have risen. Today only one in five children meet the recommended daily physical activity guidelines – 60 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity a day.

The downward trend in physical movement has been exacerbated by a misperception among parents and educators that allocating time for students to be active at school will affect their academic performance.

My own experience tells me that is wrong, but as head of the NSW Department of Education’s School Sports Unit I have spent the past decade working with leading university researchers to back this belief with hard evidence.

This research has contributed to a growing body of work showing students with higher levels of physical activity and aerobic fitness perform better on standardised tests and measures of cognitive function.

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