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Promoting physical activity for children and young people

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The recommendations refer to opportunities for moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity. Children and young people should undertake a range of activities at this level for at least 60 minutes over the course of a day. At least twice a week this should include weight-bearing activities that produce high physical stresses to improve bone health, muscle strength and flexibility. This amount of physical activity can be achieved in a number of short, 10-minute (minimum) bouts.

Moderate-intensity activity increases breathing and heart rates to a level where the pulse can be felt and the person feels warmer. It might make someone sweat on a hot or humid day (or when indoors). Vigorous activity results in being out of breath or sweating.

Opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity include everything from competitive sport and formal exercise to active play and other physically demanding activities (such as dancing, swimming or skateboarding). They also include some of the actions that can be involved in daily life (such as walking, cycling or using other modes of travel involving physical activity).

Physical activity is ’any force exerted by skeletal muscle that results in energy expenditure above resting level’



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Editor's comments - [  This quick reference guide, from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, presents the recommendations made in ‘Promoting physical activity, active play and sport for pre-school and school-age children in family, pre-school, school and community settings’. The guidance is for all those who have a direct or indirect role in – and responsibility for – promoting physical activity for children and young people. This includes those working in the NHS, education, local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors. ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : NICE. (2009). Promoting physical activity for children and young people. London: NICE


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