Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Physical Activity Levels Low For Canadian Kids

Some glaring numbers for Canadian youth who barely receive a passing grade for physical activity. Active Healthy Kids Canada released its annual report card on physical activity for children and youth. This country was near the bottom of the pack after it was graded a 'D minus.' However, it's not for a lack of facilities. Canada is considered among the leaders in physical activity infrastructure and programs. Yvonne Smith, the CEO of the YMCA's in South West Nova Scotia, says questions need to be asked.

Only seven per cent of five-to-11-year-olds and four per cent of 12-to-17-year-olds in Canada met the recommended target of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity daily. The report indicates the numbers are because a 'culture of convenience' why many Canadian kids aren't more active. Smith says youth should have a voice to indicate what they need to be more physically active. The report encourages a mix of activities throughout the day including sport and active transportation to help reach suggested targets.