Youth are in a transition period between being children that depend on adults for their care, and being adults that are completely independent. This can be a very challenging time for youth while they develop their identity/sense of self, independence, and start making life choices. This is a time when their bodies are developing and changing which affects their confidence and comfort with being active, resulting in their already low physical activity levels dropping even further.
For healthy growth and development it is suggested that:
How Active are Canadian Children?
Every year Canada is assessed to see how we are doing re: physical activity and children and youth. Each year different themes are explored and highlighted along with our grades for the different categories.
- 2016 The Importance of Sleep.
- 2015 The Importance of Risky Play and Nature.
- 2014 How We Are Doing Compared to Other Countries.
- 2013 How Much Kids Travel Using Active Transportation.
- 2012 Active Play vs Screen Time.
- 2011 Physical Activity After School.
- 2010 Physical Activity in the Early Years.
Youth benefit from basic physical and health literacy skills (e.g., running, jumping, catching) to do the activities they will enjoy doing into their adulthood. Learning how to build physical literacy is a great place to start.
Get Youth involved! Youth have a powerful voice and can bring some amazing ideas to the table.
- Find out what schools and municipalities are doing to ensure youth can use active transportation as a means of getting from one activity to the next.
- Find out what opportunities and supports are available to help youth get involved in physical activities they enjoy or would like to try.
- Become a youth advocate and work with communities and municipalities to ensure policies, infrastructure and programming include youth, not only as a target, but also as leaders and advocates.
- Share your ideas with your community and help to create youth friendly environments, promote youth engagement and positive youth development.
Schools can provide many opportunities for children to be active throughout the day both while children travel to school and during the school day. This helps with learning and development.
Consider adding physical activity into your work life.
- Finding time to be active when you are juggling school and a part-time job can be a challenge but it will help you perform better at school, get better quality sleep, and feel more alert.
- Being active if you are working and doing shift work can help you with your quality of sleep and establishing a routine.
- Get involved with making your workplace more physically active. For help, have a look at our workplace toolkit and resource materials.
- Bike to work. Get involved! Try it out!
- Start a workplace walking group.