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October 2014
Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) Annual Scientific Meeting
One year longitudinal obesity trends of rural Australian adolescents: preliminary results from the ARCHER Study.
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September 2014
NSW Rural Health and Research Congress
ARCHER recruitment and baseline data was presented at the 2014 Rural Health and Research Congress held in Dubbo.
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October 2013
Recently some of the early ARCHER data was presented at a variety of state and national conferences.

National Conference on Adolescent Health
At the national conference on Adolescent Health in Fremantle, WA, Karen Paxton discussed what young people ‘liked’ and ‘disliked’ about living in a rural or regional area. Many young people reported that the positive aspects of living in regional communities where they felt supported and safe. While distance from extended family and friends is classed as a negative experience for rural based kids. Study data also shows that the 89% of ARCHER young people have pets compared with 63% of the general Australian population.

NSW Rural Health and Research Colloquium
Baseline cohort results were presented at the NSW Rural Health and Research Colloquium in Port Macquarie by Associate Professor Catherine Hawke in October. These results showed that about one-third of our cohort (35.4%); spend greater than 2 hours a day in sedentary tasks which including watching TV and videos, using Internet or playing computer games. This shows that the ARCHER cohort spend less hours on small screen recreation compared with the findings of the NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey where 44% of primary and 61% of secondary school students spent greater than 2 hours on small screen recreation.