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Physical Activity for Kids

When it comes to personal health and school success ‘Canadian kids are sitting too much, and moving too little, to reach their full potential.’ ¹

The ParticipACTION® Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (2018) found that only 3 of 10 Canadian children aged 5-to-17 years old did 60 minutes of recommended daily physical activity. However, more than half regularly engaged in screen time above the recommended levels.

Children and youth need to be physically active. It builds healthy bodies and develops healthier brains. Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence promotes lifelong health and well-being and prevents heart disease, diabetes and poor health later in life. Boosting kids’ physical activity levels supports their mental health and social well-being¹.

Being physically active can:

  • Prevent injury and illness
  • Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence
  • Improve attention, focus and memory

Help your kids to be more physically active with these tips:

  • Teach your kids basic movement skills when they are young, so they have confidence in their abilities as they get older
  • Shut off your screens and play – together!
  • Make simple physical activities part of your routine – walking, running, yoga
  • Join local activity clubs for kids

Learn to help your kids be more active.

  1. Canadian kids need to move more to boost their brain health: The ParticipACTION Report Card on 2018 Physical Activity for Children and Youth