The key message for all health care professionals and community outreach workers is to encourage the family/carers of all children to help babies and toddlers: to move more, sit less and play together. This is because:
- Only one in 10 children aged 2-4 are active for 3 hours or more daily.
- This is a new infographic based on existing CMO guidelines. It will help early years teachers, nursery schools, health visitors, and doctors to talk about importance of young children being active. It can also be used as a training resource.
- The infographic is designed to explain the UK Chief Medical Officers recommendation that children aged under 5 should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes, spread through the day. Every movement counts and includes crawling, walking, jumping, object and messy play.
- It highlights the benefits being active and the range of activity to achieve this recommendation. Physical activity has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight, improve concentration, health and fitness, improves sleep and builds social skills and confidence.
Physical activity guidelines for the under fives
- Physical activity should be encouraged from birth, particularly through floor-based play and water-based activities in safe environments.
- Children of pre-school age who are capable of walking unaided should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day.
- All under fives should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (being restrained or sitting) for extended periods (except time spent sleeping).
These guidelines are designed to help early years professionals and practitioners understand the type and amount of physical activity under fives should do to benefit their health.
Please help make every contact count for baby and child physical activity!
Blog by Ann Gates CEO Exercise Works!