CSEP Announces new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth
The world’s first evidence-based guidelines to address the whole day

he Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) announces the world’s first 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (5-17 years) released today in the 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (release here). The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep are the first evidence-based guidelines to address the whole day. The academic papers that explain the novel approach to the new guidelines are available today in a special supplementary issue of CSEP’s official journal, Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism (APNM) published by Canadian Science Publishing.

Research strongly shows the need for a new movement paradigm that emphasizes the integration of all movement behaviours occurring over a whole day, shifting the focus from the individual components to emphasize the whole (all physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep). This new research supports the ParticipACTION 2016 Report Card, also released today.
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The new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth encourage children and youth to “Sweat, Step, Sleep and Sit”.

For optimal health benefits, children and youth (aged 5–17 years) should achieve high levels of physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour, and sufficient sleep each day. A healthy 24 hours includes:
  • Uninterrupted 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night for those aged 5–13 years and 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14–17 years, with consistent bed and wake-up times;
  • An accumulation of at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity involving a variety of aerobic activities. Vigorous physical activities and muscle and bone strengthening activities should each be incorporated at least 3 days per week;
  • Several hours of a variety of structured and unstructured light physical activities;
  • No more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time;
  • Limited sitting for extended periods.
Preserving sufficient sleep, trading indoor time for outdoor time, and replacing sedentary behaviours and light physical activity with additional moderate to vigorous physical activity can provide greater health benefits.

Ways to get the new Guidelines

View the Guidelines online.

Download the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (PDF, 2 pages)

 

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24-Hour Movement Guidelines Glossary of Terms

 

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Canadian 24-Hour Movement Behaviour Guideline for Children and Youth - Guideline Development Report

 

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Guidelines for Other Age Groups

Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines Handbook (2012)

Being physically active every day is enjoyable and safe for most people. Health benefits of physical activity include improved fitness, strength and feeling better. This booklet shows how you and your family can plan to be physically active every day using the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. Don't forget to reduce sedendary time too!

The 32-page booklet includes the Canadian Physical Activity (2011) and Sedentary Behaviour (2012) Guidelines, plus sample log books with plenty of examples of ways you can incorporate physical activity into your schedule. Use the blank logs at the back of the handbook to track your own progress! Note: The Handbook does NOT contain the new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth.

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines Handbook (© 2012) is available as a free downloadable PDF, or you can purchase copies from CSEP.

Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines Handbook

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Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavoiur Guidelines - Log Sheets

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Guidelines Tearsheets for Other Age Groups

 

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Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for the Early Years 0-4 Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for the Early Years 0-4 (2012)
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for the Early Years 0-4 Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults 18-64 years (2011)
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for the Early Years 0-4 Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults 65 years and older (2011)
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for the Early Years 0-4 Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years 0-4 (2012)