Adolescent Physical Activity
This presentation will focus on the 24-hour movement guidelines for children and young people ages 5-17, physical activity and sedentary behaviour patterns of adolescents (including changes over time and sex differences), correlates of adolescents' physical activity and sedentary behaviours, and strategies to meaningfully and effectively engage adolescents in physical activities.
Adolescent Physical Activity
According to the Australian 24-hour movement guidelines, children and young people ages 5-17 should participate in a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day, including muscle and bone strengthening activities on a minimum of three days per week (1). It is also recommended that sitting time for this population is broken down as often as possible and that sedentary recreational screen time is limited to no more than 2 hours of per day (this does not include screen time needed for school work) (1). Both national and international data indicate the vast majority adolescents do not meet physical activity recommendations and exceed recreational screen time recommendations (2-6). Available evidence also points to a decrease in physical activity levels from childhood to adolescence and highlights sex differences, with females typically exhibiting lower levels of physical activity and a steeper decline in physical activity engagement over time (4-8). The adolescent population is therefore one we need to pay particular attention to in terms of supporting physical activity participation.
This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 12 November 2021.
Presented by Dr Michalis Stylianou BA, MA, PhD
Dr Stylianou is a senior lecturer in Health, Sport and Physical Education in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at The University of Queensland. His research focuses on physical activity in children and young people and he is a member of the Active Healthy Kids Australia Research Working Group, a collaboration of researchers from universities across Australia who advocate for ways to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behaviour among Australian children and young people and publish the Physical Activity Report Card for Children and Young People.
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