Exercise Guidelines for Kids Aged Less Than 5 Years

by Kathy Jones on  July 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM Child Health News
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With rising concerns over obesity, health officials in Britain have issued exercise guidelines to parents in order to make sure that children under 5 years of age get regular exercise for at least three hours a day.
 Exercise Guidelines for Kids Aged Less Than 5 Years
Exercise Guidelines for Kids Aged Less Than 5 Years

The latest guidelines come in the wake of recent studies that revealed that less than 30 percent of children between ages of 2 to 15 years get the recommended levels of exercise.

According to the new guidelines, parents are recommended to make sure that their children are physically active for at least three hours a day and should spend as little time as possible being strapped in buggies or sitting still.

Parents are also asked to make sure that their children walk to nursery schools and enroll in swimming classes. Commenting on the guidelines, Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, said, "I think there are parents who are not aware how important it is for their children to be physically active for a minimum of 3 hours. Other parents are very busy and may not see how important it is to get that prioritization and balance right."

Source: Medindia

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