Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

Sedentary Behaviour for the Early years

What is the connection between movement, sleep, sitting, and screen time?

Baby playing on the floor

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has released the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0 - 4 years) with recommendations for a balance of physical activity, sedentary behaviour  and sleep for healthy growth and development.     


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Sedentary Behaviour for Children & Youth


Building physical activity into your child’s daily routine will help limit the time they spend watching television, being on the computer and play with hand help devices. 

Encourage them to:

  • walk or wheel to and from school
  • play outside at recess and after school
  • participate in intramurals at school
  • join a sports team at school or in the community

Keeping young people moving and physically active will help them learn to limit screen time and develop life-long healthy habits.

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The Canadian Society of Exercise and Physiology (CSEP) have released 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (aged 5 – 17 years) with recommendations for a balanced day of physical activity, sedentary behaviours and sleep for health benefits and development.

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