Paediatricians urge children and teens to get up and get moving
- Physicians should ask about physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and should help families find more ways to be active.
- Families should reduce the number of hours a day spent on sedentary activities and keep television sets, video games, cell phones and computers out of children’s bedrooms.
- Television networks should eliminate advertisements that promote unhealthy food and sedentary behaviour during children’s programming.
- Governments and communities should create more available and affordable sport and recreation programming after hours at schools and at local facilities.
- Schools should teach the benefits of physical activity and implement compulsory daily physical education for all grades.
- Communities should maintain safe recreational facilities, parks, playgrounds, bicycle paths, sidewalks, and crosswalks.
The Canadian Paediatric Society is a national advocacy association that promotes the health needs of children and youth. Founded in 1922, the CPS represents more than 3,000 paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists and other child health professionals across