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How much and what kind?

These are good questions.  Most kids benefit from a combination of structured and unstructured activity. 

By structured activity, we mean sports and recreation activities that have some rules – like playing soccer, softball or dodge ball, usually under the guidance of an adult or older youth.  

Unstructured activity is just a fancy word for free play  – children are free to be active in the way they want – like kicking a soccer ball around, playing catch, riding a bicycle around the neighbourhood, or building a fort.  Even pitching a tent in the yard can get kids active and using their imagination.


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Kids need a balance of both kinds of activity.  If you try to meet your kids' needs through structured activity only, you'll spend a lot of time driving your kid from one activity to the next.  A schedule that is too busy often isn't fun for you or your child.  And the best part about free play is that you get to join in on the fun too!

From ages 5-17 years, kids should be involved in moderate-to-vigorous intensity activity for at least 60 minutes every day.  On three of these days, the activity should be cranked up  a notch to  vigorous.   To learn more about moderate and vigorous activity, go to:  www.yukonwellness.ca/howactive.php.

Some kids are less interested in being active than others.  If your child is not very interested in physical activity, try a gentle approach – let them choose activities that are fun for them, and gradually increase the amount of time they are active each day.  

The Yukon Kids Rec Fund was established in 1999 to provide financial assistance to low-income families to enable their children to participate in sport and recreation activities.  For more information on how to access and apply for funding, visit www.sportyukon.com/kidsrecreationfund/.

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