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Canadian Kids Get an “F” for Movement Behaviours

The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (2018) results are in and they don’t come as a surprise. Our kids aren’t moving enough!!

Despite high levels of enrollment in organized sports, our kids are NOT getting the activity they need for physical fitness and brain health. Here’s how we stack up:

“Grade F” in 24-Hour Movement Behaviours

Only 15% of children and youth in Canada meet all three recommendations within the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. Only 13% of 3-4 year-olds in Canada meet all three recommendations of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Behaviours for the Early Years (2009-15 CHMS,Statistics Canada).

“Grade D” in Physical Fitness

9-12- year-olds in Canada are at the 28th percentile, on average, for cardiorespiratory fitness (shuttle run in 20-metre laps) based on age and sex-specific international normative data.

“Grade D+” in Physical Literacy

Only 36% of children and youth meet the recommended levels of physical competence, knowledge and understanding, motivation and confidence and daily behaviours needed for a physically active lifestyle.

Recommendations from the ParticipACTION Report:

Kids need to drop the phones, turn away from the screens, get off the couch and break a sweat. It’s time for them to get moving – for the sake of their brains. Here are the recommendations from the report:

  • Kids need an accumulation of at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity involving a variety of aerobic activities.
  • Vigorous physical activities, and muscle and bone-strengthening activities, should each be incorporated at least 3 days per week.
  • Seek out quality programming with trained instructors that support physical literacy.

Get Your Kids Off The Screen & Into the Gym!

What can you do to help your child move more and move better? Bring them to us! Our KIDS classes are the perfect way to get little ones moving, and our Teens/Tweens classes will get them off the couch and into the gym!

We focus on physical literacy FIRST, helping kids move safer and better. Our goal is to create a positive association with exercise, so kids will be asking YOU for gym time.

If you have any questions about this report or ways to get your little ones moving, email youth@crossfitwinnipeg.com – we’re here to help!

SOURCE: The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (2018)


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