Healthy Habits Start Earlier Than You Think

Children who are physically healthy and well are children who are prepared to learn and succeed- at school and throughout life.

The early years are a critical period for growth and development.

Parents, health professionals, educators and caregivers must work together to build the foundation needed to sustain physical activity throughout life.

Whatever the setting, children under five require adequate unstructured play and time outdoors for physical, cignitive and emotional development.

Children aged 1-5 years should participate in at least two hours of physical activity every day, accumulated over many sessions and as part of play, games, tranportation and recreation.

This spring the “Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth” was released wtih failing grades.

The report is available at www.activehealthykids.ca

Parent can help to increase physical activity in the early years by keeping TV’s out of bedrooms, institute screen time limits, and create opportunities for active outdoor play for kids and as a family.

Take time to play and enjoy the outdoors with your children!

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