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Active Kids, Healthy Kids

Active Kids, Healthy Kids is a Canadian Paediatric Society program to help paediatricians, family physicians and other health professionals promote physical activity, nutrition, and other healthy choices.

This section is filled with ideas, resources and evidence to help you incorporate messages about healthy active living into your practice. Use the sidebar at the right to find your way around or start with the age-based pages using the links below.

Why should physicians ask about physical activity?

Every physician has a role to play in helping children and teens maintain healthy, active lives. Have a look at these short videos to find out why.

Physicians play an important role in helping children and youth lead healthy lives. Watch our video to find out why this is so important then use our resources and tools to counsel about healthy active living in your practice.



  • How much time does the family spend on sedentary activities and physical activity? Watch our video to find out why asking at every visit matters.
  • What are the barriers to doing more physical activity? Watch our video for tips and practical suggestions on how to find solutions to the things that prevent them from being more active.
  • Using motivational interviewing (MI), a patient-centered, goal-oriented evidence-based counseling method that combines supportive and empathetic counseling to help motivate patients. It can be useful in encouraging lifestyle changes.


Last updated: Aug 2, 2023