As parents, we’ve heard the expert’s opinion that because of poor life habits, today’s children may not live as long as their parents. This hasn’t been the case since medieval times.
Last June, we launched the Active for Life campaign with a 30-second television spot titled “Recess”. In that video, children share alarming statistics about their lack of exercise and declining health.
Recess struck a chord in parents and generated a lot of response. Watch it again and you’ll see why.
Here are four trends that might affect your child:
Trend 1: Where does your child’s day go?
For children ages 3 – 12:
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Trend 2: Sport participation in steady decline
Trend 3: Weight going up and up
Trend 4: What your child’s health costs
Source: Canadian Diabetes Association The report from the Canadian Diabetes Association states that by next year, there will be 2.5 million Canadians with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes; by 2020, that number will rise to 3.7 million. Read more. Many patients spend between $1,000 and $15,000 a year on products such as test strips and medication, forcing some patients to abandon aggressive treatment. Those decisions end up costing the public health system, since it can lead to expensive complications and even more expensive medication costs. Read more.