Last month, Active Healthy Kids Canada released its 2014 report card, which, for the first time, compared physical activity among kids in Canada to 14 other countries.
The results? Not great.
Canada’s lowest grades are found in Active Transportation, with a D, Overall Physical Activity, with a D- and, Sedentary Behaviours where we received an F.
Canada’s highest grades are found in Community & the Built Environment, with a B+, School, with a C+, and Organized Sport Participation, where we received a C+.
‘Canada, like most other countries with well-developed physical activity infrastructure and programs, such as Australia and the United States, trails at the back of the pack for overall physical activity levels and sedentary behaviours,’ part of the report says. So giving our kids more is in some ways, taking something away from them.
What it seems we have is a ‘culture of convenience’ where by we have ‘ engineered opportunities for spontaneous movement (such as getting to places on foot and playing outdoors) out of our kids’ daily lives, and have tried to compensate with organized activities such as dance recitals, soccer leagues and PE classes,’ the report reads.
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How will you get your family moving this week?