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Physical Activity (Children)

The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for children recommend that for health benefits, children aged 5-11 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.

Moderate intensity activities, like bike riding and playground activities, will cause children to sweat a little and to breathe harder.

Vigorous intensity activities, like running and swimming, will cause children to sweat and be ‘out of breath’.

Check it out! Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Children 5-11 years

Research shows that children spend too much time being sedentary – or doing very little physical movement. That means they spend way too much time sitting for long periods, using motorized transportation, watching TV or playing video games / using a computer. So now we have guidelines to help children cut down on their sedentary behaviours and to be more active instead.

Check it out! Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children 5-11 years


Questions on Physical Activity?

Call the Physical Activity Promoter at the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit at 519-426-6170 or 905-318-6623. Active bodies need to be well fed. Check out the Nutrition and Healthy Eating section of our website.