ParticipACTION developed 24-hour movement guidelines for all ages
ParticipACTION is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to help Canadians sit less and move more. They have released their 2016 report card on physical activity levels for children and youth, titled Are Canadian Kids too Tired to Sleep? [Highlights, Full Report]
From the Highlights document; “kids aren’t moving enough to be tired, and they may also be too tired to move. A groundswell of interest in the connection between these behaviours is highlighting the fact that sleep deprivation is a problem in Canadian kids” (p. 2).
To fix this problem, ParticpACTION has created the first ever Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep. A healthy 24 hours includes the right balance of: sweat, step, sleep, & sit. Guidelines are divided into the following age ranges: 0-4, 5-17, 18-64, and 65+. This page includes, amongst other information, a list of healthy sleep habits and ideas for parents on how to reduce sedentary time such as, creating a television watching or computer use schedule to keep track of screen time
Check it out! And while you are there, take a look at the PartipACTION 150 Playlist (n celebration of Canada’s 150 sesqui) where they have “150 activities that define our land and people – from sledge hockey to lacrosse to snow shoveling and more. So get out there, try as many as you can, track your activities online and earn chances to win great prizes!”