According to The Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card (2014), only 7% of kids meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity between the ages of 5-11. This declines further to only 4% for those 12-17 years old.
World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that children get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement. In children, physical activity comes most often in the form of active play. Play is children’s “work”.
Unstructured play has been shown to foster and improve:
- motor function
- executive functions – the ability to control and direct one’s emotions and behaviours
- social skills – sharing, taking turns, helping others, resolving conflict
Physically active children tend to have better:
- cognitive skills – attention, concentration, behaviour, planning
- social skills
- physical health
The ABCs of movement:
FUN-GO-FUN promotes kids active play through fun fitness games.
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