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Did You Know?

  • That approximately 30% of Ontario children and youth are overweight or obese?

  • That children and youth who are overweight or obese are more likely to become obese adults? In one study, overweight 2 to 5 year olds were 4 times as likely to be overweight as adults.

  • That adult obesity is associated with increasing risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, hypertension, breast and colon cancer, Type 2 diabetes, gall bladder disease and osteoarthritis?

  • That unhealthy physical health can influence your mental health?

  • That only 14% of children in Canada ages 5 to 11 and only 5% of children ages 12 to 17 meet the current Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines?

  • That children ages 3 to 4 spend 7.5 hours a day being sedentary, while children ages 5 to 11 spend 7.6 hours and those ages 12 to 17 spend 9.3 hours? That’s a lot of time to be inactive!

  • That research suggests that high levels of inactive or sedentary behaviour can increase health risks in children, no matter how active they are at other times of the day?

  • That over the last 10 years, there has been a 14% decrease in the number of Canadian children who play outside after school?