Research to help pre-schoolers be more active

Healthway funded research finds over eight in every ten children going to childcare don’t get enough physical activity to be healthy.

Healthway health promotion research, led by Dr Hayley Christian at the University of WA, is now looking at how childcare centres can encourage children to be more active.

Dr Christian and her research team are fitting children with GPS trackers, which the kids love to call Superhero Belts, to find out exactly how much exercise they’re getting while in childcare and at home.

An additional Healthway grant will study whether giving childcare staff training to encourage outdoor play activities will help pre-schoolers be more active and healthy.

To see the full research report visit  http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/12/e014058