The Department of Health has recently published new physical activity guidelines. This report by the Chief Medical Officer produced UK-wide guidelines for all four of the home countries for the first time and introduced guidelines for early years (under fives) as well as for sedentary behaviour, something of which previously has not been done. As the Department of Health states ‘the risks in engaging in physical activity are low for most of the population, but the risks of poor health resulting from inactivity are high.’
The most welcome new development is recommendations for all young children under five:
New guidelines for adults aged 19-64 years and older adults (65+) have also been formulated:
Additionally, Children and young adults (5-18 years) are urged to:
Key emphasis however is placed across all four age groups (early years to older adults) on restricting physical inactivity.
This article was originally published in Volume 2, Issue 4 of the SCPN Newsletter.
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