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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, more is better and children should involve being sedentary for long periods of time.
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.
Infants (less than 1) should be physically active several times every day in a variety of ways, including crawling. For infants not yet mobile, this includes 30 mins of tummy time spread throughout the day – whilst awake.
Toddlers (1-2 years) should spend at least 180 mins (3 hours) per day in a variety of physical activities spread throughout the day, including active play.
Pre-schoolers (3-4 years) should spend at least 180 mins (3 hours) per day in a variety of physical activities spread throughout the day, this should include at least 60 mins of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity.
All children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week.
Individual physical and mental capabilities should be considered when interpreting the guidelines.
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