It’s report card time, and the yearly benchmark on kids’ physical activity levels from ParticipACTION is out. It’s a comprehensive report that is worth taking some time to look at. If you are looking for an executive summary here are the key findings.
Let’s start with what’s working
The report tells us that kids in Canada are:
- Sleeping better
- Participating in organized sports
- Being more active at school and in their community
- Supported by parents in their children’s physical activity
- Supported by government in creating policy and opportunity for physical activity for kids
And now what’s not working
Overall, kids are not meeting the recommended movement guidelines.
- They are not engaging in enough unstructured play.
- The marks for active transportation are low; we’re driving them around too much.
- Kids are sitting too much.
- Kids aren’t following the 24-hour movement guidelines.
- Kids are scoring low for physical literacy.