Physical Activity and Health

The Benefits of Physical Activity Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:

Control your weight Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome Reduce your risk of some cancers Strengthen your bones and muscles Improve […]

Sit less, move more: new physical activity guidelines

American should aim for around 60 minutes of physical activity per day, double the previous recommendation, according the new national physical activity guidelines, published today.

And for the first time, the guidelines urge the 12 million American who are sedentary or have low levels of physical activity to limit the time they spend sitting.

The […]

Why is physical activity important in early childhood services for infants and young children?

Physical activity is vital for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life. Early childhood services are ideally placed to foster the development of good physical activity habits early in life and to encourage families to engage in regular physical activity. Early childhood services should offer a wide choice of […]

The importance of physical activity in the prevention of overweight and obesity in childhood

The prevalence of childhood obesity is increasing and there are a number of theoretical reasons as to why intervention may be more effective in childhood. There are certain risk times for the development of obesity in childhood, which provide a basis for targeted intervention. In addition, tracking data supports the persistence of obesity, at least […]