Physical Activity Guidelines

SHAPE America believes every child in the United States deserves both a quality physical education and physical activity program. SHAPE America recommends school-age children accumulate at least 60 minutes and up to several hours of physical activity per day while avoiding prolonged periods of inactivity.

Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children Birth to Age 5

Guidelines and information for teachers, parents, caregivers, and health-care professionals who are interested in promoting physical activity for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Learn more...

Physical Activity for Children: A Statement of Guidelines for Children 5 - 12, 2nd Edition

Guidelines and information to be used to promote physical activity with the intent of improving current health, fitness, and wellness of preadolescent children (ages 5 to 12) as well as to promote lifelong physical activity. Learn more...

Other Guidance Documents

Guidance documents provide a widely accepted protocol on a variety of topics. Although guidance documents communicate information that is widely accepted and used in the profession, guidance documents are not official position statements. The following guidance documents are available:

Sport Coaching


Eye Safety At-a-Glance: Protecting Your Child’s Vision in Sports

Released: 2010

Through a Child's Eyes
Released: 2009

Estimated Probability of Competing in Athletics Beyond High School Interscholastic Level
Released: 2007

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