Physical Activity for Children and Youth (5-17)

The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (ages 5-17 years) encourages children to ‘sweat, step, sleep and sit‘ the right amounts for a healthy 24 hours. Research shows that all movement behaviours that happen over a full-day are important.

Sweat: Children and youth aged five-17 need to accumulate a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity each day.

Step: Reduce screen time and replace it with light physical activity for several hours (more than three hours) each day.

Sleep: Children aged five-13 need nine to 11 hours of sleep per night; whereas youth aged 14-17 require eight to 10 hours of sleep per night.

Sit: Reduce sedentary behaviour by limiting screen time to less than two hours per day.

Please visit CSEP for more detailed information.

Services related to this information:

811 HealthLine (Newfoundland & Labrador) – Call 811 or 1-888-709-2929 / TTY 1-888-709-3555

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