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UK Chief Medical Officers issue new physical activity guidelines


The four UK Chief Medical Officers’ new physical activity guidelines recognise the importance of play for babies and children’s development. The guidelines recommend that children should have as much active play as possible and babies should have lots of ‘tummy time’.

The guidelines state: ‘as much active play as possible in children under five is encouraged, and older children are recommended to be active for an average of 60 minutes a day across the week.’

The new guidelines are an update to those released in 2011, but the overall message remains the same: any activity is better than none, and more is better still.

Play Wales says:

‘We welcome the revised physical activity guidelines from the UK Chief Medical Officers, particularly the new advice that encourages good development in babies and children. Active play is one of the easiest and most natural ways that children of any age can engage in the necessary levels of physical activity. Studies show that the long-term health benefits of playing include boosting physical activity levels which helps to tackle child obesity and supporting children to become more resilient.’

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