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Physical activity report cards

Every year ParticipACTION puts together a report card that provides valuable information about how Canadians are doing with respect to their levels of physical activity.

ParticipACTION’s Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth provides valuable information about child and youth physical activity in Canada.

The 2020 ParticipACTION Report Card titled “Family Influence” focuses on the important role that family plays in physical activity, sedentary time and sleep behaviours of children and youth.

This year, Canadian children received a “D+” grade for “Overall Physical Activity” because only 39% of children and youth meet the physical activity recommendation within the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines.

Other grades include: a D+ for “Sedentary Behaviour”, a B for “Sleep”, and an F for overall “24-Hour Movement Behaviours”.

What can we do as a family to support healthy movement behaviours of kids?
There is a lot we can do as family to encourage and support healthy movement behaviours with our children and youth.

  • Set expectations for how much physical activity children should get each day.
  • Create routines to help children to meet the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines.
  • Be active as a family - this encourages physical activity, social support, connectedness and attachment, which are all important for good mental health.
  • Encourage more outdoor time to increase physical activity, decrease sedentary behaviour and improve sleep.
  • Incorporate more opportunities for active transportation - walk, bike, wheel, skateboard, scooter or take transit to school, stores, parks and activities.
  • Be a good role model by being physically active, limiting your own sedentary behaviour and screen time.
  • Break up time spent sitting, set limits around screen time and remove screens from children's bedrooms.

To learn more about the 2020 ParticipACTION Report Card for Children and Youth please see here.

In 2019, ParticipACTION released a Report Card focused on physical activity for adults.

Adults living in Canada were given a “D” grade for overall physical activity.

The Adult Report Card highlights three key benefits of regular physical activity that help older Canadians Age Better:

1. Staying on your feet
2. Staying cognitively strong
3. Staying connected

To learn more about the 2019 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Adults, please see here.

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