4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13
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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR
Within these modules the following domains were collected:
Physical Activity Guidelines
Data on physical activity and sedentary behaviour have been collected to provide national estimates in order to report against National Physical Activity Recommendations and Guidelines for particular age groups.
The current National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australian adults (18 years and over) recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days. This has been interpreted from the following three measures considered to correlate with good health outcomes:
There are currently no sedentary behaviour recommendations for adults, although data has been collected in this area in order to inform analysis of sedentary behaviour and other lifestyle factors.
The current National Physical Activity Recommendations for 5-12 year olds and the National Physical Activity Recommendations for 12-18 year olds recommend:
The current National Physical Activity Recommendations for 0-5 year olds recommend:
The National Physical Activity Recommendations include age overlaps such that 5, 12, and 18 year olds are included in two sets of recommendations and/or guidelines. There is no impact on the 12 year olds as the recommendations are the same for both groups they fall into, but there are two recommendations for 5 and 18 year olds. For the purposes of this survey, 5 and 18 year olds have been included in the upper recommendation/guideline they fall into - that is, the split becomes: 2-4 years; 5-17 years; and 18 years and over.
Household rules and screen-based equipment
In addition to the recommendations, research on child participation in physical activity or levels of sedentary behaviour has been looking at associations between the environment in which the child lives and levels of activity. In the NNPAS, details regarding access to screen-based equipment in a young person’s bedroom, in addition to household rules and practices regarding the use of screen-based equipment, have been collected.
The benefits of having a sufficient amount of sleep for a person’s wellbeing have been well documented. In the NNPAS, details regarding the time slept on the night prior to the interview have been collected to provide a snapshot of sleep data.