Active Healthy Kids Canada has released its fifth Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. This year, the focus of the report is on the important role physical activity plays in facilitating learning and academic performance. Children and youth who are more physically active showed improved memory, concentration and attention span - leading to better results in school.
The report card also highlights inequities in physical activity - especially for low-income children and youth and those with disabilities.
Some findings to note are:
- 13% of Grade 10 girls and 27% of Grade 10 boys reported that they were "physically active" for 60 minutes every day (2005-2006 HBSC)
- There has been a decline in sports participation in youth aged 15 to18 years between 1992 and 2005, from 77% to 59% (General Social Survey, Statistics Canada).
- Canada ranks 23rd out of 40 developed countries in the proportion of youth accumulating more than 2 hours or more per day of screen time - that is, Canada is among the upper half of countries with the highest proportion of youth accumulating excessive screen time (2005-2006 HBSC).
This information is useful if you are looking to increase local investment in youth physical activity, sport and recreation programs and/or arts and culture programs (which offer creative alternatives to 'screen time').
Active Healthy Kids Canada has produced both the full report card and a "short form" which provides useful statistics and information. To download the report card, please visit the Active Healthy Kids Canada website at: