Conference Board of Canada releases report to reduce sedentary behaviors
Moving Ahead: School-based interventions to reduce physical inactivity and sedentary behavior is a recent and freely downloadable report released by the Conference Board of Canada. You do have to register with the Board to access the resource.
From the executive summary (page i):
- “Only 9 per cent of Canadian children and youth aged 5 to 17 get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day at least six days a week.
- The school environment is an ideal setting to deliver interventions to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour among children and youth.
- Examples of interventions include additions to the curriculum, classroom activity breaks, environmental modifications, and promotion of active transportation.
- Comprehensive and sustained interventions may bring the greatest benefits in the long term.”
And from page ii
“This research found that the most effective and cost-efficient interventions for schools—regardless of a school’s size, resources, or population characteristics—include programs that are integrated into the existing school curriculum, including subjects besides physical education, as well as activity breaks embedded into class time.”
Check it out! Rowan