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Dr Loo Kai Guo, Benny

Consultant, Sport and Exercise Medicine,
KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore

Benny Loo is a Consultant Paediatrician working in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Service at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). He graduated with MBBS in 2007 from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and obtained Master of Medicine (Paediatric Medicine) from the NUS and Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (United Kingdom) in 2014. He completed his SingHealth Paediatric Medicine Residency Programme in 2017 and joined the KKH SEM Service in 2020. He is also the Chairperson for the Workgroups on Development of the Singapore Integrated 24‑Hour Activity Guidelines for Children and Adolescents (7 to 18 years), and for Early Childhood (0 to 6 years).

Presentation Title: Physical Activity Guidelines for Paediatrics
The Singapore Integrated 24-Hour Activity Guidelines for Children and Adolescents was launched in 2021 to provide a holistic approach towards improving the metabolic and general health in the paediatric population, aged 7 to 18 years old. This set of guidelines incorporated the current evidence of integrating major activities of daily living – physical activity, sedentary behaviour, sleep and eating habits. Regular physical activity improves aerobic fitness, body composition, metabolic risks, musculoskeletal health, mental health and academic results in children and adolescents. Prolonged sedentary behaviour, particularly unregulated screen time, is associated with a range of adverse health effects, such as obesity. Insufficient sleep is also associated with obesity, hypertension, diabetes and depression. Healthy eating habits in age-appropriate portions supports a child’s activities and promotes optimal growth. This modern trend of activity integration was based on the newer evidence eliciting the strong relationships among these lifestyle behaviours, and it also provided a practical approach towards managing these activities within a 24-hour period. 

In the presentation, we will share these recommendations on prioritising and balancing pivotal activities for good health within a 24-hour period. Integrate these recommendations as the child’s way of life and he/she will reap bountiful benefits, both physically and psycho-emotionally.

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