You read the headline right. Canadian kids are among the least active in the world.
The finding comes from the recently released ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, which compares results from 38 different countries across six continents.
The report card gives Canada a grade of D- when it comes to overall physical activity and found that only nine per cent of Canadians aged 5 to 17 get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity they need daily to stay healthy.
As a health professional – and more importantly, as a parent – these findings are a bit shocking and scary to say the least.
While Canada scored well in terms of providing access to physical activity infrastructure and programs (things like organized sports and recreational facilities), the report card found the healthiest countries are the ones where being active is part of the culture and everyday lifestyle.
That last part is less surprising to us here at Align Health Centre. We always preach the importance of being proactive when it comes to personal wellness.
Canada may be lagging behind when it comes to getting enough physical activity, but hope is certainly not lost. Let’s take this as a wake-up call on the state of our collective health and do something to make a positive change.
We can all do our part to raise our grades before the next report card comes out by getting active with our children from a young age and teaching them the importance of physical activity and healthy living.
Together, we can help make being active the norm, not the exception.
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