Stopping Sedentary School Kids: Getting Kids to Move More and Sit Less

The Conference Board of Canada, December 8, 2016
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We know that physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are linked to many chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Yet despite the health risks, levels of physical activity (PA) among children and youth remain low. In fact, Canadian children received a “D-” on this year’s ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, as only 4 per cent of girls and 9 per cent of boys accumulated 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at least six days a week. This report card essentially shows no change in PA levels in comparison to the previous year. So what can be done?

The school environment is an ideal setting to deliver strategic programs to increase physical activity and to reduce sedentary behaviour. Comprehensive and sustainable interventions, such as classroom activity breaks and active transportation, may bring the greatest benefits in the long term.

But which programs and interventions are the most cost-effective? And how can we best leverage the education system to make in-roads when sedentary behaviour an inactivity levels have remained unchanged for so long?

Webinar Highlights

Join Dr. Thy Dinh as she discusses school-based physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions that are cost-effective and could be scaled across Canada based on literature from Canada and internationally. During this webinar, you’ll hear about:

  • The status of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children and youth in Canada
  • Potentially cost-effective interventions that can be integrated into the education system
  • Programs to reduce sedentary behaviour at school and at home
  • The benefits of modifying classroom environments to reduce sitting time while at school
  • The importance in investing in child and youth physical activity from a population health and economic perspective

About Thy

Photo of Thy Dinh Dr. Thy Dinh is the Director of Health Economics and Policy within the Public Policy division at the Conference Board. The majority of her research falls under the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). At the Conference Board Thy has led the research on the health and economic impact of interprofessional primary care teams and the health economics of healthy active living. Thy has a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from Queen’s University and a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa.

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