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Physical Activity (Teens)

The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for youth recommend that for health benefits, youth aged 12-17 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.

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

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

Check it out! Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Youth 12-17 years

Research shows that teens 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 youth cut down on their sedentary behaviours and to be more active instead.

Check it out! Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Youth 12-17 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.