Getting kids outside and active could help with brain health: Participaction report (The Globe and Mail):
“The physical benefits of kids leading an active lifestyle, including better heart health and a decreased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, are well known. But a growing body of research suggests there are significant mental benefits as well, whether it’s lowering stress levels or helping to treat anxiety and depression. A new report released by Participaction on Tuesday draws attention to this link, and by doing so, hopes to encourage kids in Canada to get moving more.
The Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, released by the non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy living and physical fitness, found that only 35 per cent of five- to 17-year-olds and 62 per cent of children ages 3 and 4 are getting the recommended physical-activity levels for their age group (Editor’s note: around 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily, including vigorous-intensity activity on at least 3 days per week) and that this may be having an impact on the health of their brains.
“For better brain health, all children and youth should be physically active on a regular basis. In addition to physical health benefits, physical activity also improves cognition, brain function and mental health,” according to the statement that accompanies the report.”
The New Report:
- Description: The Report Card is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. It synthesizes data from multiple sources, including the best available peer-reviewed research, to assign evidence-informed grades across 14 indicators. Over the years, the Report Card has been replicated in over 50 cities, provinces and countries, where it has served as a blueprint for collecting and sharing knowledge about the physical activity of young people around the world. This year, the Report Card includes a new Expert Statement on Physical Activity and Brain Health in Children and Youth and assigns letter grades to 14 different indicators—including two new indicators that focus on the 24-Hour Movement Behaviours and Physical Fitness. Collectively, the report provides a complete and robust assessment of how Canada is doing as a country regarding the promotion and facilitation of physical activity among children and youth.
- Highlight Report (opens PDF)
- Expert Statement (opens PDF)