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Young People

Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Young People:

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) provides guidelines as to how much activity people should be doing in order to live an active lifestyle.

County Durham Sport works with a range of partners, including schools, to help children and young people achieve this guidelines. View a list of projects we are involved in below.

Early Years (under 5s)

Guidelines: Physical Activity should be encouraged from birth, particularly through floor-based play and water-based activities in safe environments.

All under 5s should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (being restrained or sitting) for extended periods (except when sleeping).

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Early Years (under 5s capable of walking)

Guidelines: Children of pre-school age who are capable of walking unaided should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day. ( Most UK pre-school children currently spend 120–150 minutes a day in physical activity, so achieving this guideline would mean adding another 30–60 minutes per day).

All under 5s should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (being restrained or sitting) for extended periods (except time spent sleeping).

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Children and Young People (5-18 years)

Guidelines: All children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day.

Vigorous intensity activities, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least three days a week.

All children and young people should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.

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Individual physical and mental capabilities should be considered when interpreting the guidelines.

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