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Government of Canada invests in physical activity programs for children and youth

Government of Canada invests in physical activity programs for children and youth

Canada Newswire

Ottawa, ON, January 17, 2022

Encouraging physical activity early can help improve overall health and prevent chronic disease.

Ottawa, ON, January 17, 2022 /CNW/ – Physical activity is a pillar of a healthy life, and yet only 15% of children aged 5-17 were getting it Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines before the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the pandemic began, research shows that even fewer children and young people are meeting these guidelines. In Canada, some children are at an even higher risk of physical inactivity, namely: Indigenous, racial, and immigrant children and children with disabilities.

Today, the Hon’ble Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced an investment of more than $4.8 million To fund two projects supporting healthy living and increased physical activity for children, youth and their families. Children’s risk can be reduced by adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through regular physical activity and healthy eating. Canada Developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other heart diseases later in life.

To help children most at risk of physical inactivity, Sport for Life Society is receiving more $3.79 million For physical literacy for community project. Reaching 150,000 children and youth aged 2-18 years British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut, And Atlantic CanadaThe project aims to increase the physical activity of indigenous, racial and immigrant children as well as children with disabilities. This three-year project will support schools and communities in addressing specific local barriers to healthy active living, as well as building community capacity through training on physical literacy.

Thunder Bay District Health Unit. getting up to $1.1 million Healthy Kids for Home (Health on the Move for Equity) program that supports urban families with children 12 years of age and under. Thunder Bay The province experiences higher rates of chronic diseases than the average, and the project will make the Neighborhood Wellness Hub to serve as a safe, reliable location for health promotion programs, including access to families with young children. The Hub will support and encourage families to increase their physical activity levels and make it a habit to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.


“Rising Rates of Diabetes and Obesity in Children” CanadaThere is a major concern, especially among indigenous, racial and immigrant children. For children and young people to stay healthy, they need a high level of physical activity and healthy eating during their day. Through these two projects, children will learn healthy habits early, which in turn will support good health throughout their adult lives.”

Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos
health minister

quick Facts

  • Since the start of the pandemic, only 4.8% of children aged 5-11 and 0.8% of youth aged 12-17 get Canadian 24 hour movement guidelines.

  • The funds announced today are being distributed through the Public Health Agency. Canadian Multi Sectoral Partnership (MSP) Program, which has invested in $20 million A year in innovative projects nationwide from 2013, aimed at reducing Canadians’ chronic disease risk by tackling common modifiable risk factors, namely unhealthy eating, smoking and physical inactivity. MSP is now known as the Healthy Canadians and Communities Fund.

  • 24-hour movement guidelines for Canadian children and youth (ages 5-17) Evidence-based guidelines are the first to consider throughout the day’s activities. For optimal health benefits, children and youth should receive at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, several hours of structured and unstructured light physical activity, and 9-11 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.

  • Sport for Life’s vision is an opportunity for everyone to participate in quality sport and physical literacy experiences, and its mission is to develop physical literacy and improve the quality of sport.

  • The Thunder Bay District Health Unit supports healthy living with the mission of improving, promoting and protecting the health and well-being of the population in the district. Thunder Bay The populations and communities they serve by providing high quality programming and the best possible health income.

Affiliate Links
Multi-sectoral partnership to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease
Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines
Healthy Canadians and Communities Fund

Source Public Health Agency Canada

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