Exercise & Activity

“In addition to being fun, regular physical activity strengthens bones and muscles, increases self-esteem, and provides many other health benefits. Physical activity, along with eating healthy foods, can help children live healthier lives and perform better in school.” – Dr Rachel Murphy

The focus needs to be to balance what you eat with physical activity. Eating healthier foods is important, but we all need to be physically active – at least 60 minutes for kids and 30 minutes for adults – every day or most days of the week.
Regular exercise in nature improves children’s physical and mental health. Outdoor activity helps children maintain a healthy weight, it boosts their immunity and bone health, and lowers stress. Encore Health’s emphasis on increasing play was created to get children and other family members to take advantage of Australia’s great outdoors- in every city, town and community region.

Encore Health aims to increase opportunities for kids to be physically active, both in and out of school and to create new opportunities for families to move together with the awareness of building:

  1. Active Families: to engage in physical activity each day: a total of 60 minutes for children, 30 minutes for adults
  2. Active Schools: to provide strategies for a variety of opportunities for schools to add more physical activity into the school day, including additional physical education classes, before and afterschool programs, playtime breaks, and opening school facilities for student and family recreation in the late afternoon and evening
  3. Active Communities: Community leaders promoting physical fitness by working to increase safe routes for children to walk or ride to school; by improving parks, playgrounds, and community centers; and by providing fun and affordable sports and fitness programs.

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