OTTAWA, Nov. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - Almost one-third of Canadian children and youth are overweight or obese, while only nine percent of those aged five to 17 meet the guideline of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day at least six days a week.
A new report produced by The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Alliance
"Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are major contributors to chronic disease and Canadian children are spending an increasing amount of time sitting, whether in the classroom or in front of a screen at home," said Thy Dinh, Director, Health Economics, The Conference Board of Canada. "Our report shows that schools play an important role in helping children form healthy and active living habits at an early age."
The report, Moving Ahead: School-Based Interventions to Reduce Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour, finds that additions or changes to the physical education curriculum were the most effective at increasing physical activity among children and youth, and provides recommendations on how schools can help them change their behaviour.
Recommendations for schools to implement include the following:
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for this issue and initiatives should take into account capacity, resources, and demographics of individual school environments and encourage the active involvement of parents or caregivers.
The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC) research series Moving Ahead: Healthy Active Living in Canada will comprise several research briefings that aim to identify cost-effective, scalable and sustainable interventions to promote and improve healthy active living. The goal of this work is to fill the gaps in knowledge and practice, and to engage government, employers, and all Canadians in working toward a culture of healthy active living.
Federal, provincial, and territorial governments (excluding Quebec) want to hear from parents, professionals, businesses, NGOs, and other Canadians, as they embark on a process to develop a physical activity framework. Please complete the online survey by November 11, 2016, and share with others who would like to have a voice in the consultation process.
Join Thy Dinh as she discusses school-based physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions that are cost-effective and could be scaled across Canada in a webinar on December 8, 2016 titled Stopping Sedentary School Kids: Getting Kids to Move More and Sit Less.
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