Canada’s Bubble-Wrapped Kids Need More Free Play

sharma-obesity-active-healthy-kidsNo doubt Canadian parents think physical activity and sports is of utmost importance for their kids’ health – this is why, they have apparently sold them off to the multi-billion dollar sport and fitness industrial complex that has pretty much commercialized all aspects of physical activity.

This is why good ol’ get out doors and play (without your parents hand holding you, peering over your shoulder or tracking your whereabouts on GPS) is pretty much dead.

At least this is the gist of the latest Physical Activity Report Card presented by Active Healthy Kids Canada.

Here are some of the main findings:

Canadian parents look to structured activities and schools to get their kids moving:

– 82% of parents agree that the education system should place more importance on providing quality PE.

–  79% of parents contribute financially to their kids’ physical activities (through equipment, fees, etc.), but only 37% of parents often play actively with their children.

Organized sports and plenty of places and spaces for activity may never make up for lost (active) time:

– One study shows only 24% of kids got a full 60 minutes of moderate/ vigorous activity in one session of soccer, and only 2% got this at softball practice.

– Kids on hockey teams spend close to half of the time during practices in moderate/vigorous activity, but in an actual game they are sedentary nearly a third of the time.

So if you think you are doing your kids a favour by putting them in organiszed sporting activities, that break both your time and money budget, then think again.

Your kids may be way better off if you just kicked them outdoors (not to be seen again till the lights come on).

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