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13:00 - 14:00 21 May 2013
Standing up for children's health
1-19 Torrington Place
Torrington Place | WC1E 7HB | United Kingdom
Professor Anthony Okely, University of Wollongong, Australia, Professor Anthony Okely is a National Heart Foundation of Australia Career Development Fellow, Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Educational Research Institute at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Young children spend a large proportion of their day in sedentary behaviour. This may not be good for their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. If ways can be found to promote less sedentariness (i.e.sitting) and more standing and light-intensity physical activity this may help them to be more active, enhance their self-regulation and ultimately their school readiness. Higher levels of school readiness have been associated with greater educational and economic outcomes later in life. Promoting more standing and other incidental activity, especially in childcare settings would involve making some key changes to the physical environment and to policies and practices such as replacing chairs with standing desks, allowing children to move more freely during and between activities, and breaking up sitting time with energy breaks.
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