We recently spoke with Nutritionist Susan Kevork about the modern phenomen of children being less active, and some steps parents can take towards healthier lifestyles for kids .
Are children as active as they should be?
Children between 5 and 12 years should aim to be physically active for at least 60 minutes ¹ every day but new research found that the majority of Australian children (78%) are getting less than that, with one in four (28%) getting less than 30 minutes². Many parents feared that their children’s lack of activity may lead to health problems later in life. It’s important for children’s growing bodies and bones, in addition to healthy eating habits, to be physically active every day.
Why aren't children getting out and playing the way we used to?
There are many factors that impact the amount of physical activity children get .For most kids these days biggest barrier to getting out and moving is the amount of sitting down screen time, whether it’s a computer, tablet or TV screen it’s tends to be very sedentary.
What can parents do to get kids active?
First of all it’s important for parents to be role models by getting out and being active themselves. Parents are super busy these days and perhaps they also are exercising less.
Involving the whole family in fun and active leisure time has health benefits for everyone! Try to think of activities that everyone enjoys and make a family date for those fun activities.
Parents can also encourage kids to get more active with fun technology such as tracker bands. It can be quite motivating to compete against yesterday’s score! Children can use the band to track their own activity, set daily goals and learn new skills. Parents can get involved too by using the associated app to track the balance of their child’s activity and nutrition .It’s a fun way for the whole family to get fit and stay active together.
How can the Milo Champion band help parents encourage a healthier lifestyle?
The Milo Champions band is a fun way to get kids off the couch! The App, which is designed for parents, helps them to encourage their kids to learn more about balancing exercise and their daily energy and nutrition needs. Instilling healthy eating and exercise habits from a young age makes it a lot easier for them to maintain as adults.
The Milo Champion Band costs #39.99 and is available at Woolworth's or you can buy it online here.
¹Australia’s Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children, Department of Health.
² Galaxy research commissioned by MILO, conducted online during February and March 2016 using a sample of 1,001 parents of children aged between 6-12 years across Australia.