The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. It gives a D- for Overall Physical Activity Levels, as only 9% of 5 to 17-year-olds get 60 minutes of heart-pumping activity each day.
The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card reveals kids move more and sit less when they play outside and have some freedom to roam unsupervised and take risks.
Kids are More Physically Active When They Play Outside
- Students take 35% more steps in physical education class when it is held indoors.
- Canadian kids aged nine to 17 who play outside after school get 20 more minutes of heart-pumping activity per day, and are three times more likely to meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.
Kids Move More When They Have Some Freedom to Roam Unsupervised and Take Risks
- Grade 5 and 6 students who are often or always allowed to go out and explore unsupervised get 20 per cent more heart-pumping activity than those who are always supervised.
It's Time to Learn the Truth About Risky Outdoor Play
- Risky outdoor play is not about courting danger – it’s about play that is thrilling and exciting, such as climbing high, exploring the woods and rough-housing, where kids independently test their abilities and limits.