Canadian kids not active enough: report

new report reveals that a large majority of Canadian kids are failing to meet recommended guidelines of daily physical activity.

TORONTO — A new report reveals that a large majority of Canadian kids are failing to meet recommended guidelines of daily physical activity.

Active Healthy Kids Canada released its annual report card on physical activity for children and youth today.

And for the third consecutive year, the report card assigned a failing grade for physical activity levels among Canadian youngsters.

The report found that 87 per cent of children and youth are not getting in the recommended minimum of 90 minutes of physical activity a day.

Mark Tremblay of Active Healthy Kids Canada says despite the large proportion of children not meeting the recommended guidelines, it’s still an improvement compared to 2006 when 91 per cent of kids weren’t reaching the target. Tremblay says while there has been “directional improvement” in that respect, there is still a long way to go.

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