How much for school-age children? (5 – 11 years)
Accumulate ≥ 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily, including:
Minimize sedentary time:
Do: Strategies for your practice
- Calculate and plot BMI once a year using the World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts.
- Download or order a poster promoting physical activity for school-age children and display it in your health care or community setting.
- Write a prescription for activity and set specific goals with the children you see in your practice and give ideas for things to do.
What being active means
How to increase
How to reduce
Starting at 5 years, activities should be more intense:
Moderate-intensity physical activities include:
Vigorous-intensity physical activities include:
Activities that strengthen muscle and bone include: games like hopscotch, tag, and jumping rope; sports such as gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, tennis; push-ups; swinging on playground equipment or bars; climbing ropes, walls or trees; running.
Share: Resources for families
- Parent-friendly fact sheets and videos about healthy active living are available from Caring for Kids.
- The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has free downloadable log sheets to help parents and patients track their progress. Children & Youth 5-17 years is a personal activity log to record the total minutes of physical activity accumulated every day.
- Help connect families with local recreation and community resources.