Doc Talk #20 – Back to School (part 1)


Dr Dan and Jamieson talked about topics relevant to that time of year when kids go back to school.

How much sleep do children need?

  • Aged 5-13 years old, probably around 10 hours (9 to 11)
  • Older than 13, probably around 9 hours (8 to 10 hours)

Try to establish a good bedtime routine and good sleep habits


Kids are not getting enough exercise

Physical activity has an effect on childrens’ health many decades down the line

Here’s the article in the New York Times which suggests physical activity saves $2,500/year in healthcare costs

Children should get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, and should limit screen time to no more than 2 hours per day

Here are the Canadian guidelines on sleep, physical activity and screen time for youth


Breakfast is really important. Here is a shout out to the fabulous Community Association for Lasting Success (CALS), which runs the breakfast club in Vegreville.

As a parent you decide what they eat, where they eat and when they eat. Your child’s job is to decide how much to eat, or whether they eat at all.

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