Updated physical guidelines have been released for children and young people aged 5 to 17

The Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well – Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Young People guidelines include new sleep recommendations as well as updated advice on amount of physical activity children and young people need.

The updated advice includes:

  • Uninterrupted good-quality sleep of 9 to 11 hours per night (for those aged 5 to 13 years) and 8 to 10 hours per night (for those aged 14 to 17 years), with consistent bed and wake-up times.
  • An accumulation of at least one hour per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity involving a variety of aerobic activities. Vigorous physical activities, and activities that strengthen muscle and bones should also be incorporated at least three days a week.
  • No more than two hours per day of recreational screen time.
  • Breaking up sitting time and participating in a variety of light physical activities for several hours.

The Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well – Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Young People is available on the Ministry of Health website, www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/physical-activity.

 

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