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National Cancer Prevention Month – Get Moving at Any Age!

According to research,* 4 out of 10 cancer cases in the United States are associated with preventable risk factors. Excess body weight, poor diet, and physical inactivity are factors that contribute to increased cancer risk. For National Cancer Prevention Month, the Y believes a healthy lifestyle can start at any age – and we’re here to help! We’ve used the following recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to share the suggested minimum physical activity levels per age group, along with our dedicated Y classes or programs that can help get you started.**

No matter where you are on your health and wellness journey, the YMCA of Central Florida is here for you every step of the way!

Preschool-Age Children

It is recommended that preschool-age children participate in physical activity throughout the day to enhance growth and development. Three hours per day of activity of all intensities are suggested.

School-Age Children and Adolescents

For school-age children and adolescents, 60 minutes or more of physical activity should be conducted each day. Muscle and bone-strengthening exercises, such as push-ups, should be performed at least three days per week.


All adults should avoid inactivity; some physical activity is better than none. At least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity, is recommended. It is also suggested that adults partake in moderate or high-intensity muscle-strengthening activities two or more days per week.

Specific Populations

Older adults, those who are pregnant, and/or those with chronic health conditions and disabilities should consult their physicians and follow modified guidelines. Cancer survivors should consult their physicians and follow modified guidelines adapted to their specific cancers and treatments.

The YMCA offers many programs and classes to help people of all ages stay active and engaged. From group exercise classes and youth sports to swim lessons and Y Explorers clubs, there is something for everyone to grow stronger in mind, body, and spirit. We invite you to check out our offerings and find your own way to YMCA.

* Research was taken from the American Association for Cancer Research Progress Report 2022

** Taken from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendations