ParticipACTION Released Their Annual Report Card

ParticipACTION released their Annual Report Card.  At the same time, the new 24 hour movement guidelines for children and youth were released.

Some key points:

  • ·         There is an important relationship among physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep.
  • ·         New research shows that sedentary lifestyles are connected to a “creeping sleepidemic” in Canadian kids
  • ·         Children’s sleep duration has decreased by 30-60 minutes in recent decades
  • ·         31% of school- aged children and 26 per cent of adolescents are sleep-deprived
  • ·         There is a need to take a “whole day approach” as many kids are too tired to get enough physical activity and many kids are not active enough to be tired at night
  • ·         Every hour a child spends being sedentary is associated with a 3 minute delay in bedtime.  The average Canadian 5-17 year old spend 8.5 hours being sedentary each day.
  • ·         The best sleep aid is to get kids moving

 

24 Hour Movement Guidelines (5-17 year olds):

  • ·         Previously our guidelines were for physical activity and sedentary behaviour.   We did not have recommendations on light activity. These are the world’s first integrated movement guidelines.
  • ·         “sweat” (moderate to vigorous physical activity)– 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity is required each day.  Vigorous physical activity, muscle and bone strengthening activities are needed at least 3 days per week.
  • ·         “step” (light physical activity) – several hours of a variety of light activities are needed each day
  • ·         “sleep” – uninterrupted 9 – 11 hours of sleep is needed for 5-13 year olds and 8 to 10 hours is needed for 14-17 year olds, with consistent bed and wake-up times
  • ·         “sit” (sedentary behaviour) – in addition to the behaviours above, no more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time and limited sitting for extended periods is recommended.
  • ·         “preserving sufficient sleep, trading indoor time for outdoor time and replacing sedentary behaviours and light physical activity with additional moderate to vigorous physical activity can provide greater health benefits”
  • ·         In order to reach desired levels of movement a mix of sport, play, chores and active transportation are required.  Habitual physical activity throughout the day is important in addition to planned and structured activity.  Physical activity is a way of life.

2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth:  Are Canadian kids too tired to move?

 

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