The costs of physical inactivity
The benefits of physical activity
Getting just 10% of people living in Canada to move more would:
- Increase workplace productivity
- Decrease absenteeism
- Inject a minimum of $1.6 billion into the economy
- Reduce health-care spending on chronic disease by $2.6 billion3
Are kids in Canada moving enough?
For optimal health benefits, children and youth need to move more, reduce sedentary behaviours, and get the right amount of sleep. Physical activity levels decrease with age, so it’s best to establish healthy habits early in life.
Only 28% of kids and teens (5-17 years) are meeting national physical guidelines of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per day4
Are children in Canada making the grade?
In our 2022 Report Card on Physical Activity for Child & Youth, we assigned a ‘D’ to overall physical activity.
What opportunities to get active were lost and found during the pandemic, and where do we go from here?
Adults in Canada and physical activity
New evidence supports that any movement during the day is good for you. Unfortunately, most adults living in Canada are not getting 150 minutes of MVPA per week.
Are adults in Canada making the grade?
Canada faces a physical inactivity crisis deepened by COVID-19. Will we make the necessary choices to move toward a new, better normal?
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