These days, when kids say they want to play hockey or basketball, they’re more likely to be referring to video games than to a visit to the rink or court.
Canadian children spend about five to seven hours in front of a computer or TV each day, notes a 2008 report by Active Healthy Kids Canada. The Toronto-based non-profit group adds that 90% of children fail to achieve 90 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day, as recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
It’s no surprise then, says Active Healthy Kids Canada, that 26% of Canadian youth-including children as young as three-are now overweight or obese.
Here are some ideas to get your kids away from the screen, off the couch, and into some active habits.