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Play Australia Member co authors article for The Conversation website

Praise for Play Australia member Kym Simoncini from the University of Canberra, who has co-authored this article for the very popular website - 'The Conversation'.

The article is titled 'Christmas shopping: Why blocks are still the best present you can buy children' and is a well structured and convincing argument.

Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines from The Australian Federal Government

This week the Australian Federal Government's Department of Health has released new 'movement guidelines' which support Play Australia's promotion of play for young people and families in Australia.

We have reproduced the guidelines here, with all links directed to the Department of Health's website.

Regardless of how young or old you are, there are physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines available for you.

Election of the first Australian as the President of the International Play Association.

Media Release Monday September 2017

Play Australia is delighted to announce the election of Robyn Monro Miller as the President of the International Play Association (IPA).

In being elected to the role of President, Robyn will be the first Australian to hold that position in the 56 year history of the International Play Association.

At the triennial meeting of the IPA in Calgary, Canada today, Robyn was elected unanimously by the delegates representing more than 30 countries from around the world.

Robyn is the Chief Executive Officer of Network of Community Activities in NSW and current Chairperson of the NSW Children’s Week Committee.

Losing Fat, Gaining Brain Power, on the Playground

 

Better grades might be found on the playground.

A new study of elementary-age children shows that those who were not part of an after-school exercise program tended to pack on a particular type of body fat that can have deleterious impacts on brain health and thinking. But prevention and treatment could be as simple as playing more games of tag.

Read the full story about this soon to be released study in the New York Times.

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