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Physical Activity

Physical activity report card

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.


Physical Activity Report Card for Children and Youth
The 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card, titled “The Brain + Body Equation”, links physical activity with brain health. Children and youth who are physically active are likely to:

 Do better in math, reading, science and social studies;
 Have better attention, focus, concentration, problem solving skills; and,
 Be happier and have better mental health.

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).

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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