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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Physical Activity for Children and Youth (5 to 17 years)

Daily Movement Guidelines

It can be difficult to know what level of activity, rest, and sleep is best for kids and teens. The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (5 to 17 years) shows us what a healthy 24-hour period looks like – including physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep recommendations. Sleep, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour are connected! Children who sleep better move more and those who move more sleep better!

Unfortunately, the majority of Canadian children and youth are not meeting the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines. Children who meet the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines are more likely to:

  • Improve their health
  • Do better in school
  • Improve their fitness
  • Grow stronger
  • Have fun playing with friends
  • Feel happier
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Improve their self-confidence
  • Learn new skills
  • Decrease their chance of developing many chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes

For more information, visit our 10-5-2-1-0 page.

Active Outdoor Play

Active outdoor play is beneficial for the healthy growth and development of children. When children play outside, they move more, sit less and play longer. It provides children with different opportunities to explore, experiment and develop new skills and abilities. Unfortunately, today’s children play outside far less than their parents did

As children grow, parents and caregivers can allow them more freedom from direct supervision while they play outside. To learn more about how and when to give your children independence from direct supervision outside, we invite you to review the following resources:

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Alerts:

1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. However, phone lines remain open. The COVID-19 information line is operating 7 days a week (excluding statutory holidays) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All other program lines are operating Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.