Get Active!

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The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that Canadian youth, aged 5-17, accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity each day.  Only 5% of 5 to 17 year olds are meeting the recommendations (CHMS 2011)

Increasing physical activity has many benefits!  Science has shown that when children increase their daily physical activity, they decrease their chances of developing many diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes and are generally healthier and happier.  Being active for at least 60 minutes daily can help children:

  • Improve their health
  • Do better in school
  • Improve their fitness
  • Grow stronger
  • Feel happier
  • Improve their self confidence
  • Learn new skills
  • Improve their ability to focus
  • Learn concepts more easily
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Have fun playing with friends