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Children need to play more and sit less

Children need to play more and sit less

Early childhood is not only a time of rapid physical and cognitive development but also a time when children adopt habits that they keep for life. Those early habits can influence the likelihood of developing childhood obesity and other systemic diseases later in life.

What does science say?
Evidence shows that improving physical activity, reducing sedentary time, and ensuring quality sleep in young children will improve their physical, mental health, and wellbeing, as well as help to prevent diseases later in life. 

The recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) for different age groups are as follows:

Infants (less than 1 year):

Children 1 – 2 years of age:

Children 3 – 4 years of age:

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