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Media reports failed to mention limits to evidence in new guidelines about sitting and moving at work, and missed commercial interests that were initially not disclosed. Kennyrhoads/Wikimedia Commons

How the media oversold standing desks as a fix for inactivity at work

Here's how reporting of the world's first specific advice on reducing inactivity at work has overplayed the role of standing desks.
When children test their own boundaries in thrilling play, they develop self-confidence, resilience and risk management skills

Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play

Did you know there has never been a safer time to be a child in Canada? Research shows that kids need freedom outdoors to explore exhilaration and fear, and discover their own limits.
Neglected and sub-par facilities are one of many barriers to youth participation in sport. tup wanders

Our ‘sporting nation’ is a myth, so how do we get youngsters back on the field?

The first step in reviving a lost sporting culture is to involve young Australians in working out why sport has lost its appeal and how to reverse the decline in youth participation.
Sports injuries do occur, but it’s important to remember the benefits far outweigh the risks. from www.shutterstock.com.au

How to prevent injury from sport and exercise

All physical activities carry some risk of injury. But before you retreat to the safety of the couch, it’s important to remember the benefits far outweigh the risks.
Runners are at 27%-40% lower risk of death when compared to non-runners. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Which sports are best for health and long life?

Adults who participate in a high overall level of sports and exercise are at 34% lower risk of death than those who never or rarely engage in such activities.
Starting an exercise regime from scratch can be daunting. Krissa Corbett Kavouras/Flickr

Health Check: how to get off the couch and into exercise

Current guidelines suggest Aussie adults should accrue at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. However, 60% of us fail to meet this recommendation.

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