|We all want our kids to reach their emotional, physical and intellectual potential. For decades we’ve known that physical activity improves heart health, helps maintain healthy body weights and builds strong bones and muscles in kids. But new evidence suggests it can do even more.
In this year’s ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth we take a closer look at what physical activity can do for their brains.
This year’s report includes an Expert Statement on Physical Activity and Brain Health in Children and Youth. The Statement confirms that physical activity has the power to improve kids’ brain health by boosting both cognitive function and mental wellness—even for kids with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Leading a more active life can release kids’ potential, including how they perform in the classroom, problem-solve and maintain focus. It can boost kids’ moods, strengthen self-esteem, decrease feelings of depression and bolster their ability to cope with and recover from stress and anxiety (at least in the short term).
We are confident the Report Card will inspire all Canadians to make an active life more accessible, fun and frequent for our kids—their brain health depends on it.
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ParticipACTION relies on its strategic partner, The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute’s Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (CHEO-HALO), to research, develop and communicate the Report Card. Production of the ParticipACTION Report Card has been made possible through financial support from Days Inn and provincial and territorial governments through the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council (ISRC). The Expert Statement would not have been possible without the following partners and funders: CHEO-HALO, Kids Brain Health Network, Douglas College, and The Organix Foundation.