16-06-2016

Are Canadian kids too tired to move?

The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth was released today.

Canadian kids are inactive and they may be losing sleep over it. Kids who are tired out from running around sleep better, and those who have slept well have more energy to run around. And society is starting to pay attention to the fact that the reverse is also true and troubling: kids aren’t moving enough to be tired, and they may also be too tired to move.

Even kids who are meeting the minimum requirements for sleep duration are not necessarily getting good sleep. Increased screen time and packed schedules mean that kids are getting poor or inconsistent sleep – for instance, staying up late to do homework during the week, or watching TV in their bedrooms until midnight and then playing catch-up on the weekends.

This Report Card includes new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep – the first of their kind in the world – and, for the first time, assigns a Sleep grade.

To download the report, please visit participACTION.com/reportcard