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Nutrition & Physical Activity - Physician Information

The Health Department promotes healthy eating and physical activity in the community by providing information, resources, and the latest evidence.

How patients can consult with a registered dietician:

General healthy eating guidelines:

Professional Physical Activity Guidelines:

Physical Activity Guidelines

  • Early Years: 0-4 years:
    • Less than one year- several times a day of interactive floor play
  • Toddlers 1-2 years and Preschoolers 3-4 years:
    • 180 minutes of physical activity a day working up to the child guidelines by 5 years of age
  • Children 5-17 years:
    • At least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity. In addition, vigorous physical activities and muscle and bone strengthening activities should be incorporated at least 3 days/week
    • Several hours of structured and unstructured light physical activity every day
    • Uninterrupted 9-11 hours of sleep per night for those aged 5-13 and 8-10 hours per night for those 14-17 years
    • No more than 2 hours of recreational screen time
  • Adults 18-64 years and Older Adults 65 and older:
    • 150 min/day of moderate to vigorous activity and 2 days/week of muscle and bone strengthening

To view the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, visit the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (external link) website and click the upper red bar in each section.

Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

  • For the early years 0-4 years:
    • 0-2 years: no screen time and minimize time spent sitting or restrained
    • 2-4 years: max 1 hour/day screen time and minimize time spent sitting or restrained
  • For Children and Youth year 5-17:
    • 5-17 years: less than 2 hours/day of screen time
    • Limit sedentary time in motorized transport, sitting time,
      and time spent indoors

To view the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, visit the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (external link) website and click the second red bar in each section.

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Resources on healthy food choices for patients with limited income:

Resources for Parents on Nutrition for Toddlers:

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Canadian Pediatric Society’s Tools (external link) to support counselling families about physical activity

Canada’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Guidelines

Halton Region's walking promotion programs for patients

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