Date: June 25, 2017

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Physical Activity

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Children and Youth

This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, April 7, 2017 9:40 AM

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Physical activity is essential for healthy growth and development. Regular physical activity in childhood develops cardiovascular fitness, strength and bone density. Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life for all Canadians and helps to prevent chronic diseases like cancer, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease later in life.

Establishing positive habits early in childhood and adolescence can last a lifetime. - Public Health Agency of Canada

Physical inactivity is a leading risk factor for many chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, hypertension and obesity. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has developed sedentary behaviour guidelines for Canadian children and youth to support healthy growth and development.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is the resource and voice for exercise physiology and health and fitness, providing leadership in research, education and practice to improve health outcomes for Canadians.

View the Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines Handbook

Specific guidelines for these age categories:

Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy is the development of basic movement skills and tools children need to help them be physically active throughout their life span. Physical Literacy is the foundation of movement to help create active, confident and healthy children.

More information on physical literacy and supporting resources.

Injury Prevention & Concussion Information

Learn more about the prevention of injuries to be active in a safe and fun environment.  Logo image of Your Child's Brain Matters campaign. Lambton Public Health has launched a new campaign - Your Child's Brain Matters, to provide more information about concussions.

Teaching Resources

It is important that parents, teachers, and child care providers help children develop their movement skills from an early age.

Research has shown a connection between increased levels of physical activity and better academic achievement, better concentration, better classroom behaviour, and more focused learning. Other benefits include improvements in psychological well-being, physical capacity, self-concept, and the ability to cope with stress.

OPHEA (Ontario Physical & Health Education Association)

Physical & Health Education Canada

Physical Literacy Resources

Creating a Quality Physical Literacy Experience

Physical Activity Lesson Planner

Physical Literacy Activities

Tips to get active