ParticipACTION has just released their annual Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Only 9% of Canadian children aged 5-17 years meet the recommended 60 min of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day, giving them a D- grade on this year’s ParticipACTION report card. As many kids are less active, they are having increasingly more screen time and sedentary behaviour which impacts their sleep. The report found a large correlation between sedentary behaviour, physical activity and sleep.
31% of school-aged kids and 26% of adolescents in Canada are sleep-deprived and this is because in recent decades, children’s nightly sleep duration has decreased by about 30 to 60 minutes. To combat this “sleepidemic”, kids are encouraged to sit less and move more. Check out KGA’s “Find Places to Get Active” and “Get Active at Any Age” tabs for ideas of how to start getting more active!
To check out the full report, visit ParticipAction: