These infographics from Public Health England (PHE) outline the duration, frequency and type of physical activity required to achieve general health benefits for different age ranges.

The infographics relate to the report by the UK’s 4 Chief Medical Officers for the NHS, local authorities and a range of other organisations designing services to promote physical activity.

Infographics include:

  • Physical activity for pregnant women: infographic and guidance
  • Physical activity benefits for babies and children (birth-5 years old): infographic
  • Physical activity for children and young people (5-18 years old): infographic
  • Physical activity benefits infographic for adults and older people

Department of Health (DH) infographic explaining the physical activity required to achieve general health benefits from birth to age 5.

 

DH Physical activity infographic 0-5

DH Physical activity infographic 0-5

A new infographic regarding the UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) physical activity guidelines for children and young people aged 5-18 has been created.

CYPIn 2011, the joint UK CMOs’ physical activity guidelines advice for children and young people aged 5-18 is to engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity each week and to reduce sedentary behaviour.  Yet, we know that most children are not achieving the recommended amount of physical activity. The Health Survey England 2012 reported only 21% of boys and 16% of girls achieve the recommended 60 minutes a day. The proportion of girls meeting the guidelines decreases from 23% in those aged five to seven years, and to only 8% when aged 13-15 years.

All who have a role in supporting the health and wellbeing of children should know how much exercise they should be doing. This infographic is a great resource that can help everyone support the physical activity needs of children and young people.