Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks—is essential for healthy child development. We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings—at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.
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