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Canadian sedentary behaviour guidelines for the early years (aged 0-4 years)

Tremblay, Mark S and Leblanc, Allana G and Carson, Valerie and Choquette, Louise and Connor Gorber, Sarah and Dillman, Carrie and Duggan, Mary and Gordon, Mary Jane and Hicks, Audrey and Janssen, Ian and Kho, Michelle E and Latimer-Cheung, Amy E and Leblanc, Claire and Murumets, Kelly and Okely, Anthony D and Reilly, John J and Stearns, Jodie A and Timmons, Brian W and Spence, John C. (2012) Canadian sedentary behaviour guidelines for the early years (aged 0-4 years). Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 37 (2). pp. 370-380. ISSN 1715-5312

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Abstract

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), with assistance from multiple partners, stakeholders, and researchers, developed the first Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years (aged 0-4 years). These national guidelines are in response to a call from health and health care professionals, child care providers, and fitness practitioners for guidance on sedentary behaviour in the early years. The guideline development process followed the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research Evaluation (AGREE) II framework. The recommendations are informed by evidence from a systematic review that examined the relationships between sedentary behaviour (predominantly screen time) and health indicators (healthy body weight, bone and skeletal health, motor skill development, psychosocial health, cognitive development, and cardio-metabolic disease risk factors) for three age groups (infants aged 900 domestic and international stakeholders, end-users, and key informants. The final guidelines state: for healthy growth and development, caregivers should minimize the time infants (aged