Canadian kids get D- for Physical Activity

Some of you may have seen the 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card (formerly the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card)…it seems Canadian children are not doing well in the physical activity department. The actual grade given was a D-

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This is just another reason to think about running Healthy Together in your community to support parents and children to learn about and develop healthier living practices that include physical activity as well as healthy cooking, eating and lifestyle information.

The physical activity recommendation for children is 60 minutes of heart pumping activity a day. That might seem like a lot but keep in mind this can be broken into smaller blocks of time. Let’s think about 15 minutes of activity four times a day. You might take a fast walk around the block …just 15 minutes of heart pumping walking…maybe running. Later on you might decide to play Frisbee golf and to get your heart rate going you can move quickly as you go fetch the Frisbees for the next turn…high knee stepping, skipping, running or galloping will increase the heart rate as you move. Two 15 minute blocks to go. Try 15 minutes of clothes peg tag. Go to a park so you have wide open spaces. Maybe you end your day with a hike and mix it up between 5 slow and 5 fast paced minutes of hiking. Do this for 30 minutes and you have added your final 15 heart pumping round of activity.

As adults we need 150 minutes of heart pumping activity a week…how many of those minutes can you achieve with your children so you can both benefit from being physically active while also enjoying time together as you create healthy habits.

How can you get you support your children to get 60 minutes of heart pumping activity a day?

If this is a new idea for you just start with 15 minutes a day and build up a strong habit slowly…take a month and add 15 minutes a week.

Read the full report here.

The Healthy Together Team wishes you a great physically active day…any way you decide to get there!

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