Dr Loo Kai Guo, Benny
Consultant, Sport and Exercise Medicine,
KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore
Presentation AbstractThe 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.
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