Recommended activity levels for 5-8 year-olds

This UK-wide CMOs report presents new physical activity guidelines for all four UK home countries, covering early years; children and young people; adults; and older adults.

This is the first time UK-wide physical activity guidelines have been produced and will help to ensure consistent messaging across the four countries. The report also represents the first time guidelines have been produced in the UK for early years (under fives) as well as sedentary behaviour, for which there is now evidence that this is an independent risk factor for ill health.

Physical activity should be encouraged across the population.  The risks of engaging in physical activity are low for most of the population, but the risks of poor health resulting from inactivity are high.  There is a clear link between physical activity and chronic disease.

These scientifically informed guidelines will help policy makers and health professionals, as well as individuals themselves to understand how to reduce the risk of ill health associated with inactivity and sedentary behaviours.

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