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What is the Sporty Kid challenge?
The statistics on Canadian children’s fitness levels are shockingly bad as kids spend more time with their iPhone and less time running around with friends. Only 8 per cent of girls aged 3-17 meet Canada’s physical activity guidelines, which are essentially 60 minutes of exercise a day. 41% of girls between the ages of 3-17 DON'T participate in sport. And even that low rate drops off precipitously when they hit puberty. Imagine that if a girl hasn’t participated in sport by the age of 10, there’s only a 10 per cent chance she’ll be physically active as an adult. In total, 70% of kids stop playing organized sports by age 13?
Being active for at least 60 minutes daily has HUGE benefits for kids, including:
Improving their health
Sleeping better at night
Doing better in school
Improving their fitness
Growing stronger (be proud of those muscles!)
Having fun playing with friends and learning about teamwork
Feeling happier (mental health is so important!)
Maintaining a healthy body weight
Improving their self-confidence, especially with overcoming obstacles
Learning new skills
Reducing risk of chronic diseases like diabetes or heart conditions
Active kids becoming active adults is so important for our society! Let’s do better with building physical literacy in every child.