Thursday, 2 June 2016

Physical Activity for Learning and Concentration

Contact: Laura Cini, DHHS
p: 6166 0669   e:

 Intended Audience: Teachers, Principals, Social Workers, School Nurses

The Department of Health and Human Services is launching the Healthy Young People HYP website. The sixth mission to be released is 'Make Hearts Work Out Each Day.'

 Did you know that a large 2011 survey showed that less than 17 percent of Tasmanian students aged 12-17 years did the recommended sixty minutes of physical activity every day? Being physically active can help young people concentrate longer and also helps moods and behaviour.

There are many ways schools can support young people to be more physically active. Healthy Young People HYP is a set of free resources for secondary school students, teachers and school staff, youth workers and anyone who works with young people with great information about physical activity.

HYP also has free resources on drinking enough water, positive body image, adequate sleep, healthy eating and less sedentary time. It includes teaching resources that link to the Australian curriculum. To see the Make Hearts Work Out Each Day resource visit: