Canadian kids spending too much time in front of screens

A large number of Canadian kids are not reaching healthy exercise targets due to the amount of TV they are watching.

An annual Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth released this week by the Active Healthy Kids Canada organisation stated that Canadian children are spending too much time in front of the TV or computer screens.

46 per cent of Canadian kids are getting three hours or less of active play each week while on average kids are getting only 24 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity at lunch and after school.

Mark Tremblay, chief scientific officer of Active Healthy Kids Canada, said active play is often overlooked by kids.

“It doesn’t have to be complicated, it doesn’t have to be equipment-intensive, it doesn’t have to be led by us, the parents or the playground supervisor or the coach or anyone. This is the business of childhood: let kids play or reduce the suppression of their natural desire to play.”

The report noted that kids in Grades 6 to 12 spend seven hours, 48 minutes each day on screens. The daily recommendation is no more than two hours of screen time a day.

Source: Global Edmonton

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