WHO publishes new guidelines on physical activity: children need to sit less and play more

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A WHO expert panel has reviewed evidence on the beneficial impact of physical activity on young children and has assessed the effect of inadequate sleep and inactivity.

The experts stress that the early years are especially important because enough active time and quality sleep when you are young can avoid obesity and associated diseases later in life. A vital point, given the unprecedented levels of childhood obesity and physical inactivity throughout Europe.

An important message given by the WHO is that we have to bring back play time. Sedentary time, including screen time, should be limited while maintaining adequate sleep time.

The guidelines include a set of recommendations for infants and children under the age of 5, for active time, sedentary time and sleeping time. EuropeActive welcomes these guidelines and underwrites the importance of children being sufficiently active.