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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.

Help us share The Brain + Body Equation

1. READ the Highlight Report or the 114-page Full Report
2. SHARE it with your digital networks using our dissemination tools

Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to join the conversation about these important findings.

READ THE REPORT

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.

Canadians know they are not active enough and even 84% say they feel responsible for their inactivity – so what’s holding them back?

To better understand the problem, ParticipACTION set out to investigate the “social climate” around physical activity. In other words, we wanted to explore the attitudes, beliefs and opinions around physical activity, and its causes and solutions. The ParticipACTION Pulse Report powered by MEC presents those findings in a report formed from an online survey of 2,519 Canadians aged 18 and older.

This report takes a “pulse” on Canadians’ perceptions of physical activity in an attempt to better understand the inactivity problem and potential solutions.

Learn more about how we can make Canada a more active place, and click below to read The ParticipACTION Pulse Report powered by MEC.

READ THE REPORT

 

Your monthly dose of motivation

The dark days of winter are nearly over and spring is about to arrive. Whether you’re planning a getaway, taking a staycation, or simply running through the remainder of winter, take time to be good to yourself. This month we’re focused on serving up some healthy self-care strategies to help you relax and manage some of life’s aches and pains.

Did you know that exercise can be a great support for mental well-being and depression? Read the blog below for 5 types of exercise that can help with your mood.

And if you haven’t done so already, give yourself a March Break and sign up for our Get Started emails. Twice a week we’ll be in touch to share these self-care strategies all month long.

READ THE BLOG

More that will move you

Kids need to sweat, step, sleep and sit in the right amounts for best health

With our partners, we launched Build Your Best Day a fun, interactive and educational tool to help children and youth and their parents learn about the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines.

To help parents, educators and health professionals understand the guidelines, we created resources such as fact sheets, activity posters, social media images, games and more.

DOWNLOAD A TOOLKIT

Something new is coming this spring!

A first of its kind, The ParticipACTION Pulse Report powered by MEC puts a finger on what physical activity really means to Canadians.

Stay tuned for more information.

Your monthly dose of motivation

When it comes to keeping the doctor away, 10,000 steps might be even better than an apple.

The benefits of 10,000 steps go on and on—better moods, stronger bones, lower blood pressure, and a reduced risk of almost every chronic disease there is, including diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. It boosts your energy, strengthens your lungs, and clears your mind. In short, walking is wonderful.

But, it is important to note that there’s nothing special about hitting the 10,000 mark. It’s just a big, round number. What matters is actually finding a number that challenges you. When it comes to steps, more is more, but on an individual basis.

So what are our best tips to get you to reach your step goal?

Read the blog to find out.

10 WAYS TO 10,000 STEPS

More that will move you

Why physical activity needs to be part of the mental health conversation

Bell Let’s Talk Day just happened. But research continues to suggest that increasing physical activity and limiting sedentary time offers many benefits that improve brain health and development. Let’s keep the conversation going.

READ MORE

How to start again after falling off track

Many of us set resolutions in the new year. But did you know that most people fail to stick with a goal after one month (60%), and even less make it to the 3-month mark (80%)?

Try these tips to stay on track to meeting your goal.

READ MORE

Your Monthly Dose of Motivation

And we’re back! The kids are back in school, and it’s about time to hit reset and get back into a routine. Did you know almost half of the decisions we make are made simply out of habit?

To ease you through the transition to fall, we’ve got a set of solutions to help you get back into your active routine after a summer of fun.

TRY THESE TIPS

More that will move you

Why is it so hard to get people to care about preventing disease?

People are naturally more motivated to change short term goals than long term goals. But when it comes to preventing disease, why can’t we look further ahead?

READ MORE

The everyday habit that turns fitness dreams into reality

A tried and true, research-supported method that helps 42% of people achieve their goals.

READ MORE

Event kits now available for your ParticipACTION 150 Play List Event!

For a limited time only we have a new supply of event celebration kits for organizations who register a ParticipACTION 150 Play List event or program. Available while supplies last. All registered events and programs will also be featured on the Tour Stops & Events Page.

REGISTER YOUR EVENT

Active for Life is bringing Parents in Sport Week to Canada

From October 2 to October 8, Parents in Sport Week celebrates the positive and essential role parents play in helping children reach their full potential through sport. Click here to learn more and support the campaign.

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