Kids need physical activity to thrive and stay healthy through their lives

Originally published Jan. 29, 2019 in The Province.

By Ravi Kahlon

January is over, but it’s not too late to put New Year’s resolutions into action. For thousands of British Columbians, that means hitting the gym or trying new ways to get physically active.

To reach their full potential, kids need to be physically active too, but the reality is far too many of them aren’t getting the physical activity they need to thrive. In November 2018, ParticipACTION released its 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, which gave Canadian children a score of D+ for overall physical activity. It reported that only 35 percent of Canadian kids aged five-17 years old and 62 percent of three- to four-year-olds are getting the recommended physical activity levels for their age group. Tens of thousands of our young people are missing out on the protective mental and physical health benefits of being active. Read More