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Healthy Kids Queensland Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey
The 'Healthy Kids Queensland: Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey', funded by Queensland Health is part of the broad-ranging initiative Eat Well, Be Active - Healthy Kids for Life, the Queensland Government's first action plan 2005-2008. The survey provides an overview of both the physical activity and nutrition status of the state's children. It provides important information on nutrition and physical activity as well as heights and weights of children. Reports will provide key information to help prioritise health promotion programs and improve our children's health.
The project was lead by Associate Professor Peter Davies, Director of UQ's Children's Nutrition Research Centre, and the Survey was conducted in 2006, involving children attending years one, five and ten in government and non-government schools across Queensland.
The survey's key findings included:
- there are more severely obese children and young people today than 20 years ago;
- children are not eating enough fruit and vegetables with half of the sample consuming less than one serve of vegetables a day;
- fewer than one in six boys, and one in 15 girls, reported doing at least one hour of moderate physical activity everyday in the week;
- many children had inadequate intakes of iron and calcium, too many weren't drinking enough milk, too many drank soft drink, and too many ate fatty and sugary snack foods; and
- average intakes of saturated fat were 45% higher than levels recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Abbott RA, Macdonald D, Mackinnon L, Stubbs CO, Lee AJ, Harper C, Davies PSW (2007)
Healthy kids Queensland survey 2006 - summary report.
Brisbane: Queensland Health