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Contextual Module

Children and Youth in Canada - The Context of their Lives (module table of contents)

Section 3: Health Outcomes (section table of contents)


According to the Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, only 7% of children and youth are meeting the Canadian guidelines of 60 minutes of physical activity per day1.

1Canadian Health Measures Survey (2007–2009). Statistics Canada.

According to the 2007–2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey, younger boys and girls are more likely to be physically active – as measured by average daily step counts – than are teenagers. At all ages, boys are more likely to be physically active than are girls. The average daily step count declined by 15% among boys from the ages of 6 to 10 years to the teen years. The decline for girls was about 22%.

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