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Why it’s time to legislate physical activity for our kids

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As a graduating undergraduate in RSS, an article I would recommend reading is:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health-advisor/why-its-time-to-legislate-physical-activity-for-our-kids/article21613051/

We all know that today’s kids are not active enough and apparently this is a concern of ours. Research shows that even through the continuous efforts of health, sport and recreation professionals kids are still inactive.

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“The 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada report card tells us that only 7 per cent of Canadian kids ages 5-11 years are active enough to meets Canada’s basic daily physical-activity guidelines.”

The facilities are available, the outdoor space is available, and there is more organized sport and recreation opportunities than ever before in our history. In fact, 75% of Canadian children are in an organized sport. The report card tells us that it is our culture of convenience has lead to Canadians moving less. Our country value efficiency, we want to do more in less time and it has a direct coloration with the promotion of children’s health. We do not value active transportation, healthy food preparation methods or free play, and when we do see these types of behaviours, we make a mockery of it. For anything to change, this mentality that society has adopted needs to change.

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What can we as RSS professionals do? We cannot force parents to make their children active in their spare time. We can, however, work collectively, drawing on our resources to mandate and legislate physical activity in schools. It takes planning and political will. Physical activity should be a public-health priority (like obesity or cardiovascular disease) and the creation of compressive programs that can serve every Canadian child need to be enacted.

Related Links:

http://www.activehealthykids.ca/reportcard/2014reportcard.aspx

http://activeforlife.com/school-sports-p4a/

2 thoughts on “Why it’s time to legislate physical activity for our kids

  1. I absolutely agree with you. I also think part of the problem lies in our “supermom” culture (though this applies to everyone) where people are so tied for time that they neglect and put activity on the back-burner. The other factor at play comes from the cultural acceptance of regulating/organizing play and not allowing kids to simply use their imagination (as many parents fear letting their kids play unsupervised), on top of the “convenience culture”. Those two things allow parents to view activity as something THEY need to organize but don’t have time for. With the increasing demand on everyone’s time to work longer, etc., it will be difficult for them to make that time and get back to the older mindset for unsupervised play.

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  2. I totally agree with you. As of someone who has an interest in physical literacy, I have learned that the education system has some of the power of getting kids active in Canada. i believe that polices in our education systems needs to change. First off, we need to get the parents on board with increasing physical activity times. Parents are the strong enforcers in making a change in the education system. As soon as the parents are educated and wants a difference, that’s when our society will start to change.

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