Canada’s 24-Hour Movement Guidelines


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Did you know that…

  • Infants should not be restrained (i.e. stroller or a high chair) for more than 1 hour at a time?
  • Toddlers should get 11-14 hours of sleep (including naps) each day?
  • Preschoolers should be physically active for 180 minutes or more each day?
  • Children should have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time a day?

The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has created Canada’s first age-based guide to physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep. These guidelines help to create a balance between moving, sitting and sleeping, and they are available for all ages (including adults). The benefits of following these recommendations have been associated with:

  • Healthy growth
  • Better learning and thinking
  • Improved motor development
  • Higher fitness levels
  • Increased quality of life
  • Reduced injuries
  • Fun!

Take a few minutes to visit to familiarize yourself with the guides, and then get active!

Coalitions Collaborating for Impact (CCI) consists of parents, community members, organizations and professionals who are all working together to better the lives of young children and their families. We work hard to support five important developmental areas for children based on the Early Development Instrument.