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Physical Activity

Being physically active is enjoyable, has huge health benefits and improves quality of life for all individuals. It not only strengthens the body, but also makes people feel good about themselves. It reduces stress, strengthens the heart and lungs, prevents non-communicable chronic disease, helps maintain and achieve a healthy body weight and the best part of all - it's something everyone can do!

It's fun to be active with family and friends and there are many simple ways to do it every day. Enjoy a daily walk and take the stairs instead of the elevator; spend less time in front of screens and spend more time in the outdoors. Below are a list of physical activity guidelines for various age groups to ensure we all get the recommended amount of physical activity to achieve health benefits.

Physical Activity Guidelines

24 Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4 years) external link
24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (5-17 years) external link
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults (18-64) 2011 external link
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults (65 years and older) 2011 external link

A Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada – Let’s Get Moving!

On May 31, 2018, Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments released the first ever singular policy document on physical activity called “Let’s Get Moving - A Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada- Let’s Get Moving!” (Common Vision). The Common Vision was designed for all organizations, communities and leaders that currently have or could have a stake in increasing physical activity and addressing sedentary behavior.

The Common Vision aligns with and supports the goals and objectives of existing policies, strategies and frameworks in Canada including the Canadian Sport Policy (2012), Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015: Pathways to Well-being, Active Canada 20/20: A Physical Activity Strategy and Change Agenda for Canada (2012), amongst others. Within the Common Vision there are six areas of focus that were identified to assist in providing directions and examples on how organizations, communities and government can activate each area. These six areas include cultural norms, spaces and places, public engagement, partnerships, leadership and learning and progress.

Download the Common Vision external link.

Physical Activity Programs and Initiatives

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador are involved in a number of programs and initiatives to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary living for resident of this province.

ParticipACTION Partnership

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has teamed up with ParticipACTION and Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador, to provide communications and engagement initiatives to motivate, educate, and enable citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary living. This partnership consists of various components including:

Digital Mini-Campaigns external link
Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth external link
Early Years Toolkit external link
Teen Toolkit external link
Physical Activity Toolkit for Older Adults external link

For more information about the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and ParticipACTION's partnership, please contact:

Ashley Button
Physical Activity Consultant
Healthy Living, Sport and Recreation Division

Participation Nation

Participation Nation is delivered by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador. Through Participation Nation, students are exposed to a variety of traditional and non-traditional activities where the focus is on having fun and not keeping score. Participation Nation encourages students who would normally only take part in the required physical education curriculum to be more physically active and feel good about their participation. Participation Nation includes a variety of programs targeted at students from K-12.

For more information about Participation Nation please contact:
Karen Richard
Executive Director, School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador

Active Schools

Active Schools provide students with the opportunity to learn through curriculum-based activities. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District's Active Schools program has classroom teachers incorporating 20 minutes of curriculum-linked activity in the classroom each day.

For more information about Active Schools please contact:
Corey Samson
Provincial Active Schools Coordinator, Newfoundland and Labrador English School District
(709) 256-2547 (Ext. 291)

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