Family Influence on Physical Activity

Did you know that less than 1 in 5 Canadian children and youth (ages 5 – 17) meet all three recommended Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth? This is one of the key findings of The Role of the Family in the Physical Activity, Sedentary and Sleep Behaviours of Children and Youth: The 2020 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity of Children and Youth.

And, this was before COVID-19. Since COVID-19, children and youth have had lower physical activity levels, less outside time, and more sedentary behaviour.

The ParticipACTION report also points out that family plays a key role in promoting children’s healthy movement behaviours. ParticipACTION offers the following tips to parents:

  • Be a good role model by being physically active and co-participating.
  • Carve out time at the beginning of each week to make physical activity a family priority.
  • Choose activities that are fun and enjoyable for the whole family. Take turns choosing activities.
  • Encourage more outdoor time and active transportation.

Find more tips in 10 ways raising a physically literate child is like raising a reader.

Looking for ideas for activities? Take a look at:

Additional guidance, resources and training for early years and family literacy practitioners on physical activity and healthy eating for children are available through Appetite to Play. There’s a lot to explore on that website.

Remember to follow the public health guidelines in your area to stay safe while you stay active.

Related Blog Posts

New! Come Read with Me videos

Today is the start of Raise-a-Reader Week! This fund-raising campaign supports family literacy. What a fitting time to introduce the newly released Come Read with Me videos. This series of …

Busy Hands During Family Read Aloud

Some children find sitting down for a family story time challenging. They may find it easier to pay attention when their hands are busy. Familiar activities using supplies already at …

Math Fun and Games at Home

What can parents do to support children’s math skills at home?  Find tips for helping children with math at home in: 4 things we’ve learned about math success that …