Children in Canada barely get a passing grade when it comes to physical activity, according to a report card released yesterday by ParticipACTION.
The national non-profit group gave the nation’s youngsters an overall grade of D+, triggering concern across the country.
In addition to the overall grade, Canadian kids were given an F in 24-hour movement behaviours, a D- in active transportation, a D in physical fitness and a D+ in physical literacy.
Only 35 per cent of 5- to 17-year-olds and 62 per cent of 3- to 4-year-olds are getting the recommended physical activity levels for their age group, the report card found, and it may be making them less attentive and moody as a result.
Physical activity plays an important role in helping children and youth learn better, solve problems more creatively, and develop healthier brains. Physical activity has also been shown to be associated with better memory. In addition, increased physical activity can help support mental health and wellness among children and youth.
Other grades assigned in the report card include:
– “D” for active play and leisure activities
– “D-” for active transportation
– “B” for organized sport participation
– “C-” for physical education
– “B+” for sleep
– “D+” for physical literacy
– “D” for physical fitness
– “C+” for family and peers
– “B-” for school
– “B+” for community and environment
– “C+” for government
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