Physical Activity

Physical activity in the early years is important to promote lifelong health and well-being and prevent certain health conditions (CDC, 2017). Regular physical activity can:
  • Improve cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Build strong bones and muscles
  • Control weight
  • Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and
  • Reduce the risk of developing health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and obesity.
SHAPE America (2009) suggests toddlers and preschoolers should engage in at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity a day, at least 60 minutes of unstructured physical activity a day, and not be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time unless they are sleeping.
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Here are some resources for improving physical activity practices in your child care center:

These are some resources for creating policies related to physical activity in your child care center:

Below are some resources to provide to families to support physical activity in children:

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