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Physical Activity

Physical activity report card for children and youth

Every year ParticipACTION puts together a report card that provides valuable information about how Canadian children and youth are doing with respect to their levels of physical activity. The title and focus of the 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card is “The Brain + Body Equation”.

The 2018 Report Card links physical activity with brain health. Children and youth who get the amount of physical activity they need every day:

  • Do better in math, reading, science and social studies;
  • Have better attention, focus, concentration, creative thinking skills;
  • Are better problem solvers; and
  • Have better mental health and are happier.

As well as boosting memory, learning and creativity, regular physical activity can also increase self-esteem and lower feelings of stress and anxiety.

Finds ways to help your kids to move every day. They need to be active -- their bodies and brain health depend on it.

Let’s go back to the basics and get kids outside to play. Walk and cycle to places when you can – including all or part of the way to school. Set limits on screen time. Stand and move more and sit less throughout the day.

The following video from ParticipACTION helps to explain more about the 2018 report card. (Video is closed captioned).

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