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Inactive and sedentary young Canadians

(Toronto) Again this year, the Child and Youth Physical Activity Bulletin from ParticipACTION has given poor marks for physical activity and physical inactivity in Canada.

The Canadian Press

The poor grade of D is given for all physical activity and another D is compiled for sedentary behaviors.

The Bulletin tabled Wednesday specifies that in Canada, only 39% of children and young people comply with the National Physical Activity Guidelines which recommend perform daily 60 minutes of medium to high intensity physical activity.

The data are not very reassuring about the behavior of young people during confinement caused by the COVID pandemic – 19. In fact, a study commissioned by ParticipACTION shows that barely 4.8% of children and 0.8% of young people have complied with national guidelines for movement on 24 hours, compared to 15% before this period.

Research shows that parents who identify as active are more likely to have children who also identify as active. Due to limited access to parks, schools, daycares and group activities, family impact has never been more significant, according to ParticipACTION.

The organization reports that its partner, the Institute for Research on Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity (HALO) at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), played a essential role in producing the Bulletin 2020.