Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Canadian kids get failing grade for physical activity - CTV News

Canadian schoolchildren are getting poor grades over how much, or how little, physical activity they get on a daily basis.

Active Healthy Kids Canada issued its 2011 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth Tuesday, and Canadian youth received an "F" for how much so-called "active play" they engage in every day.

According to the report card, only seven per cent of Canadian youth and children get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day. Only nine per cent of boys and a mere four per cent of girls meet the guidelines, the report said.

During the after-school period between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Canadian kids are getting only 14 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise.

Dr. Mark Tremblay, Chief Scientific Officer of Active Healthy Kids Canada, told that the after-school period is one of the best times for kids to engage in physical activity.

"They need a break from school after sitting in classes for six or seven hours," he said. "It's a time when everybody is out and about, it's still light out so it is safer than other times of the day."

He says kids should be making a remarkable change to the typical pattern of coming home, sitting in front of the couch, watching TV and engaging in other sedentary activities.

"Focusing on the after-school period as a window of opportunity to try to overcome inactivity in children and the obesity crisis we're seeing is worth exploring."


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I can't imagine American Kids are doing much better.

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