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International Recommendations for School-Related Sedentary Behaviours released

The Sedentary Behaviour Research Network published International Recommendations for School-Related Sedentary Behaviours.

Recommendations are for children and youth attending school (typically 5–18 years of age) inclusive of gender, culture, nationality and socioeconomic status. These evidence-based recommendations provide guidance on ways to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms of school-related sedentary behaviours and are based on the best available evidence, expert consensus and stakeholder input. Anyone with an interest in student health and well-being can use these voluntary recommendations to counter sedentary behaviours—including students, educators, school administrators, policymakers, parents/guardians, caregivers, physicians and other healthcare providers.

Recommendations include breaking up school-related periods of extended sedentary behaviour with both scheduled and unscheduled movement breaks:

  • At least once every 30 minutes for ages 5-11 years.
  • At least once every hour for ages 12-18 years.
  • Consider a variety of intensities and durations (e.g., standing, stretching breaks, moving to another classroom, active lessons, active breaks).

The full recommendations, translated by Slovenian researchers, are available in Slovenian at the following link:

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