Canada: two-thirds of children fall short in ‘physical literacy’

07 December 2018

Around two-thirds of Canadian children have failed to achieve an acceptable level of physical literacy, according to results from a large national research project.

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Physical literacy is not just fitness or motor skills – it includes the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to engage in physical activities for life.

The research involved more than 10,000 children, aged eight to 12, from 11 sites across the country. Results were published in a special supplement in the journal BMC Public Health.

Mark Tremblay, senior scientist at the CHEO Research Institute, said: ‘Boys and girls across Canada have aerobic fitness levels at the 30th percentile of global norms and only 20% are meeting physical activity guidelines.’

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