The importance of physical activity interventions in Aboriginal children.

Darren E.R. Warburton, Heather J.A. Foulds, Sarah Charlesworth, Ryan E. Rhodes, Shannon S.D. Bredin


Background Recent evidence indicates that children of Aboriginal descent are at an increased risk for the development of chronic disease. Routine physical activity has been shown to be an effective primary and secondary preventative strategy against premature mortality and chronic disease. Unfortunately, little information exists regarding the physical activity levels of Aboriginal children.Purpose The primary purpose of this paper was to briefly review the literature to examine the importance of the routine physical activity and community-based physical activity interventions in Aboriginal children.Methods A narrative review of the literature was conducted.Findings and Conclusions There is clear evidence of the need for effective community-based physical activity initiatives that address the unique needs of Aboriginal children, their families and their community. Effective physical activity interventions have an enormous potential for reducing the risk for chronic disease in Aboriginal children.


Aboriginal Health; Physical Activity; Chronic Disease; Children

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