Unplug and Play

Playing and being physically active is necessary for children’s growth and development, and can help to:

  • grow strong bones and muscles
  • having a healthy heart
  • control body fat and reduces risk of becoming overweight or obese
  • decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
  • develop social skills with other children and have a better outlook on life

Some healthy activities: swimming, skipping, walking, hoola hoops, games and sports.

Children should participate in at least 60 minutes (and up to several hours) of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.

Children should also limit the use of electronic media such as TV, computer games and the internet as it is associated with an increased risk of becoming overweight, and can also lead to other health problems.