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About YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Raising healthy kids is every parent's goal. At the YMCA, we believe that helping young people grow up healthy makes our whole community stronger. However, we know that the majority of children and youth in Canada are not getting adequate access to opportunities for active recreation and healthy living. The problems facing our kids are real:
- 84% of Canadian kids aged 3-4 are active enough to meet physical activity guidelines, this falls to only 7% of kids ages 5-11, and only 4% at ages 12-17.
- Canadian kids aged 3-4 spend 5.8 hours a day being sedentary, those aged 5-11 spend 7.6 hours and those aged 12-17 spend 9.3 hours.
The 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card shows that Canada currently ranks with a D- in overall Physical Activity. While Canadians make sure that their children are involved in structured physical activity, we need to focus on encouraging the accumulation of physical activitiy throughout the day (playing structured sports, adding more active play, and improving active transportation such as walking to school). Overall, kids need more room to move!
Read the full 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card here!
The YMCA models and incorporates healthy practices into its programs and activities for children and youth year round, and YMCA Healthy Kids Day places special emphasis on teaching children, youth and their families about exploring healthy living habits that will make a difference throughout the year.
Across Canada, most children do not meet recommended levels of daily physical activity. Rising rates of obesity and related chronic disease tell us that getting kids active should be a top priority for parents, schools, and all Canadians. Although the YMCA models and incorporates healthy practices into its programs and activities for children and youth year round, YMCA Healthy Kids Day places special emphasis on teaching children and youth and their families about exploring healthy living habits that will make a difference throughout the year.
Healthy Kids Day is a free community event, celebrating the growth and development of children and families through physical fitness, safety and nutrition.
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