David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

Governor General salutes physical literacy

Physical literacy has a new supporter: His Excellency David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada. On July 19, 2012, the Governor General was the guest of honour at a special launch event for a new children’s physical literacy program in Victoria. He spoke strongly in favour of programs to increase physical literacy among Canadian children … Continued

Kids actively playing and holding hands

Social networking: Increasing physical activity?

Peer pressure gets a bad rap, especially from parents of young kids, but new research has found that persuasive friends can have a positive effect: increased physical activity. A report from Pediatrics linked social networks among kids aged five to twelve with their activity levels. “We see evidence that the children are mirroring, emulating or … Continued

Child health alert: Hypertension and high blood pressure

Does your child have high blood pressure? With one third of American children overweight or obese, doctors have raised a new concern for their health: hypertension and high blood pressure. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now recommending that doctors regularly screen children for high blood pressure. According to an article published by the … Continued

Canadians think obesity is by far the most important health issue facing children and youth today, according to a survey done for the Public Health Agency of Canada. Photograph by: Tony Gentile , Reuters

Canada: obesity prevails, physical fitness in decline

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has developed the first Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for the Early Years for children aged 0 – 4 years. These national guidelines were created in response to an urgent call from public health, health care, child care, and fitness practitioners for healthy active living guidance for children. The … Continued

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