Released Wedmesday, grades from the ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth are compared, for the first time, to grades from 37 other countries across six continents. Results show that countries with the most active children and youth overall, including Slovenia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe, rely on very different approaches to get kids to move more; physical activity is driven by pervasive cultural norms – being active is not just a choice, but a way of life.
How does Canada rank? Canada, like many developed countries, is above the global average in physical activity infrastructure and program grades. However, access to these supports is not enough to encourage kids to move more and sit less – Canada falls to the back of the pack in grades that measure physical activity and sedentary behaviours.
To discuss the global comparisons and how Canada can improve, Dr. Allana LeBlanc, physical activity expert from ParticipACTION talked with BIG FM’s Deb James.