More outdoor time = Better health for children

June 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

The Canadian organization ParticipACTION has released The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

Highlights from the Report Card include:

  • Assigning a D Minus for Overall Physical Activity levels of Canadian childen.
  • Identifying the biggest risk and barrier to increasing children’s health as keeping them indoors.
  • Recommending “increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors” in a Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play
  • Adding Physical Literacy as a new indicator:
    • It’s defined as “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.
    • Downloadable poster format for schools to print and display.

To learn more about physical literacy, check out  HANDS UP for Health and Physical Literacy from OPHEA …”a three part illustrated video series that will teach children and youth about the importance of physical and health literacy in a fun and engaging way”.

Submitted by Judy C. Reference Librarian – TDSB Professional Library

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