Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate the ABS website
ABS Home > Statistics > By Catalogue Number
4364.0.55.004 - Australian Health Survey: Physical Activity, 2011-12  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/07/2013  First Issue
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product  
Contents >> Children and Young People


CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Physical activity is an important contributor to good health for children and young people. The amount of time spent on physical activity has long been a focus for research and policy makers. A complimentary research focus is sedentary time, and in particular, the amount of time spent on screen-based activities, which are considered strong contributors to sedentary behaviour. In recognition of this, National Physical Activity Guidelines have been developed for all Australians including children and young people.


    Physical activity and screen-based recommendations for children

    The National Physical Activity Recommendations provide guidance as to the number of hours to spend on particular types of activities to help become healthier. The recommendations cover children via three separate age groups, 0–5 year olds, 5–12 year olds and 12–18 year olds.

    For children aged 2–4 years, the information on reported levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviour are based on the current National Physical Activity Recommendations for 0–5 year olds which recommend:
    • at least three hours of physical activity every day, either in a single block or spread throughout the day
    • a maximum of one hour of screen-based activity per day, that is on electronic media such as TV, DVDs, computer and other electronic games.

    For children aged 5–17 years, the current recommendations for both 5–12 year olds and 12–18 year olds are the same and include:
    • at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day
    • a maximum of two hours screen–based activity for entertainment/non-educational purposes a day.



This section contains the following subsection :
      2-4 year olds
      5-17 year olds

Previous PageNext Page

Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window


Commonwealth of Australia 2014

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.