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Active & Healthy Kids For Life

Why is this project necessary? A review of the literature.

Start Early

Early childhood is typically the most active period of the lifespan. However, with major societal changes such as increased screen time, concerns for children playing outside, and increased hours spent in school settings, the amount of physical activity that young children engage in daily has decreased.

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The benefits of Active Play

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States

-Regular physical activity can help children and adolescents improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of developing health conditions such as:

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Training Programs

Professional Development for Early Years Educators

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Resources for early years educators

This section is accessible only to the members of the START EARLY Educational committees from all participating in the intervention Early Years settings.


Executive Summary, WHO Guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2019. License CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO)

Ellis, Y.G., Cliff, D.P., Jansson, X. et al. (2016). Sedentary time, physical activity, and compliance with IOM recommendations in young children at childcare. Preventative Medicine Report.

American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Resources Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs. 4th ed. Itasca, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2019