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Sedentary activities (e.g., watching television) often become part of a child’s daily routine early in life and increase through to the preschool years. To help children be more active:

Parents can:

  • Be active role models.

  • Provide lots of opportunity to be active (e.g., go for short walks instead of stroller rides, limit screen time).

  • Provide safe environments where children can run, jump, climb, dance, etc.

 ECD educators can: 

  • Build physical activity into children’s daily routine (both indoors and outdoors)

  • Give children access to an outdoor space and an unconstrained environment to play in. 

  • Become trained in how to engage children in physical activity.

Physical activity makes a difference in children’s physical health and overall development. Encouraging children to develop an active lifestyle should be a priority shared by all.