2014 Report Card on physical activity of children and youth

2014 Report Card on physical activity of children and youth

2014 Report Card on physical activity of children and youth

Date posted: June 6, 2014

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual assessment of the physical activity of children and youth in Canada. This year’s report, Is Canada in the Running?, found that while there are policies, programs and places for physical activity for children, Canadian children are sitting more and moving less.

“To increase daily physical activity levels for all kids, we must encourage the accumulation of physical activity throughout a child’s day, and consider a mix of opportunities (e.g., sport, active play, active transportation). In some cases, we may need to step back and do less. Developed societies such as Canada must acknowledge that children need room to move.”

Read the summary report here or read the full report here.

For the first time 15 countries followed the format of the Active Healthy Kids Canada model and simultaneously released report cards for their nations. Here’s a look at how Canada compares to other countries. (Click the image to enlarge.)

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Participaction has created a tip sheet for increasing children’s physical activity levels. Read it here. There are also physical activity guidelines for children at different ages available here.

And, for a booklet that covers physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines for the whole family, click here.

Looking for ideas for physical activities for little ones? Try Decoda’s LEAP resources: Move, Hop and the LEAP activity cards.

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