Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for children in their early years released

November 20, 2017

 November 20, 2017 - The world’s first evidence-based 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (ages 0-4 years) were released today on United National Universal Children's Day. 

The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (ages 0-4 years): An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep outline how much young children need to move, sleep and sit each day. These guidelines were developed by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at the CHEO Research Institute, the Faculty of Physical Education and research at the University of Alberta, the Public Health Agency of Canada, ParticipACTION and a group of leading researchers from Canada and around the world, with input from over 600 national and international stakeholders. The Canadian guidelines instigated similar work in Australia, which led to the simultaneous release of the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years on November 21, 2017, and the start of development by The World Health Organization of Global 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years.

The new guidelines combine physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines and include sleep, showing the important interrelationship between all three behaviours. Fundamentally, the whole day matters — as young children grow and develop they need to work toward high levels of physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour and sufficient sleep each day to be healthy.

 “Qualified exercise professionals, health care providers and caregivers all have an important role in helping young children to move, sleep, sit the right amounts each day. The research is clear that following the guidelines is associated with healthy growth and development of young children,” says Dr. Panagiota (Nota) Klentrou, Chair, CSEP Board of Directors. “At CSEP we are proud to be leaders, along with our partners, in the development of evidence-based movement guidelines to help improve physical activity levels and the health outcomes of Canadians.”

Today, the research papers informing the guidelines was published in a special supplement of BMC Public Health. Read the supplement here: https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/supplements/volume-17-supplement-5

View the guidelines at csepguidelines.ca

Click here to read the News Release. 


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