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Falls are the main reason for childhood injuries, but kids usually recover. from shutterstock.com

Should I let my kid climb trees? We asked five experts

Every expert we asked talked about the importance of letting children take risks and explore in nature. But they also advised parents to supervise and set limits.
Schools could use bushwalking as an activity and link it to lessons in other subjects such as geography and science. Shutterstock/Monkey Business Images

Bushwalking and bowls in schools: we need to teach kids activities they’ll go on to enjoy

We need to keep active and exercise to stay healthy. So why not teach school kids some of the activities they'd go on to enjoy later in life?
Getting older? If you grunt when you bend over, you’re not alone. From shutterstock.com

Why do I grunt when I bend over?

Is grunting a sign that we’re ageing fast? Or is it just one of those things that come with the middle years, like reading glasses, greying hair and 'dad jokes'?
Some Nordic school kids are doing an average of two to three hours of physical activity a week. Does Australia need to lift its game? CAHPER/Sangudo/Flickr

Look up north. Here’s how Aussie kids can move more at school, Nordic style

Specialist teachers and hours of compulsory physical education a week are keeping Nordic school children moving. When it comes to physical activity, Australia could do better.
Finding a fitness routine that fits your life and then sticking to it is key. (Shutterstock)

How to think yourself into a fit person

Research shows that the more adults identify with exercise or physical activity, the more they engage in it.
Physical activity is linked to better mental health, but doing too much appears to have the opposite effect, as does too much of a sedentary lifestyle. It is better to alternate between sitting and standing. Shutterstock

Moving more and sitting less is good for the mind as well as the body

A new study shows that moderate to intense physical activity — such as playing soccer or running — for up to 50 minutes per day is associated with better mental health.
Kids are exposed to junk foods often, but encouraging healthy foods at home can make a difference. Adobe stock

Kids’ diets and screen time: to set up good habits, make healthy choices the default at home

Although it's not possible for parents to completely shield their kids from screens and junk food, in the home they have a unique opportunity to establish healthy behaviours.
New research shows that if you pay people for achievable increases in their daily physical activity, they will continue to be more active for months after the rewards are withdrawn. (Shutterstock)

Companies and governments are paying people to get healthy, and it works

Financial rewards can entice us to exercise more, and the benefits are lasting, according to a new research review.

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