Kids Score a “D” in Physical Activity Levels

Summertime can be full of active, outdoor activities for children—camping, swimming, biking and much more. However, many children also find themselves at home sitting around without a lot to do. The 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada report card on physical activity for children and youth indicates that kids ages 5-11 spend 7.6 hours a day being sedentary—that’s like a full-time job! How is this possible when 95% of parents report local availability of parks, outdoor spaces and public facilities or programs that offer the environment to get kids moving? Kids are engaging in all types of routine behaviours that feed this statistic, including things like more screen time and no longer walking to school.

With summer approaching, consider what you and your kids can do to improve on this failing grade. Warm weather is a great reason to get outside and get moving. Check out local parks and amenities that will help keep kids off the couch this summer. “Summer camps are the perfect opportunity to help get kids active and outdoors, and away from TVs, tablets and computers,” says Cathy Poole, General Manager of Healthy Child Development for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. “At Y camps, kids receive an absolute minimum of 90 minutes of physical activity each day—sports, games, swimming, whatever it is, we get kids moving and having a whole lot of fun at the same time,” comments Poole.

Organizations like the Y are committed to helping families and kids live healthier lives, and summer camp programs like the ones they offer help do just that. How will your family stay active this summer?

For more information about YMCA summer camps, please visit vanymca.org/camps or contact 604-939-9622.