WATCH — Are you getting enough exercise? Most kids aren’t

Alexia Sabau
Story by Alexia Sabau • CBC Kids News • Published 2020-06-29 16:11

Report from ParticipACTION shows improvement in past 10 years

Canadian kids have some explaining to do.

They’ve been given a bad grade for physical activity this year.

The D+ comes from ParticipACTION, a non-profit organization that promotes physical activity.

Every few years they put out a report card for kids between the ages of five and 17.

According to health experts, kids should have 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Kids who are active are healthier, including mental health, the report states.

But according to ParcipACTION’s most recent findings, only 39 per cent of kids in Canada are getting the exercise they need. (That’s where the D+ comes from.)

This year's grade is a D+ for the second consecutive time because only 39% of children and youth meet the physical activity recommendation within the Canadian 24-hour Movement Guide. 2010-2012: F; 2013-2016: D-; 2018 and 2019:D+. Benchmark: Percentage of children and youth who meet the physical activity recommendation within the Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines for children and youth (At least 60 minutes of daily MVPA on average)

Even though D+ is isn’t a good grade, it’s improved since 2010. (ParticipACTION)

So why are kids getting such a low grade in physical activity? How does ParticipACTION even create a report card like this? And what do kids think about their lousy grade this year?

CBC Kids News contributor Alexia Sabau has the answers for you, so watch the video to find out:


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Alexia Sabau
Alexia Sabau
CBC Kids News Contributor
Alexia Sabau is an inquisitive teen who has worked as a junior reporter for the Calgary International Children’s Festival and Shaw TV Calgary. The 14-year-old is a youth ambassador with a passion for community building, performing arts and science. She’s also a devoted Harry Potter fan who is excited to work her magic on CBC Kids News.

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