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Active young people

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Both young people and adults need to be physically active and eat healthily to live well. Check out the tips below and discover more about how to make sure your children exercise right so they can grow well.

Get active daily

Daily physical exercise will keep yourself healthy. Young people should:

  • throughout each day, do 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity
  • be active in as many ways as possible, for example, through play, cultural activities, dance, sport, recreation, jobs and going from place to place
  • be active with friends and whānau, at home, school and in their communities
  • spend less than two hours a day (out of school hours) in front of the television, computers, and game consoles.

This will help you to:

  • grow healthy, strong bones, muscles, and joints
  • increase flexibility and balance
  • grow and sustain healthy lungs and heart
  • keep a healthy weight
  • make friends and enjoy themselves
  • develop good self-esteem.

Encourage physical exercise

  • Provide chances for yourself to be physically active everyday, with play, cultural events, dance, sports, creative games around the house, household chores, and when travelling (e.g. riding a bike to school, walking to a friends, scooting or skateboarding to the dairy).
  • Try a range of activities to discover what you like most.

Turn technology off

Try to limit your ʻscreen timeʼ (TV, mobile phone, video games, movies) to under two hours a day. Try to be active in a range of ways, and as much as possible.