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Physical activity guidelines for preschoolers: a call for research to inform public health policy


Daniela Dell'Aquila

  • There are many challenges in developing evidence-based physical activity guidelines for preschoolers that can ensure health benefits for children.
  • Guidelines for the preschool years have recently been developed in several countries, but there are notable inconsistencies in the amount of physical activity regarded as sufficient for this age group.
  • Given the currently high prevalence of childhood obesity, there is an urgent need for evidence-based studies to inform the development of community-targeted programs to ensure healthy levels of physical activity in young children.
  • Our article outlines the global recommendations for physical activity for children ≤ 5 years of age. We identify gaps in the literature and suggest recommendations for future research and public health policy.