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Canadian kids still not getting enough exercise

According to the newest data from Statistics Canada, fewer than 20% of Canadian children and youth are still not meeting recommended targets for physical activity. Two studies released last fall reveal kids are also spending too much time in front of digital screens and not getting enough sleep.

Results from the Canadian Health Measures Survey from Statistics Canada, also published in 2017, show that parents’ activity levels directly impact physical activity levels in our kids. The 2016 YMCA Healthy Kids Report had similar findings, with 85% of Canadian parents agreeing they are an important influence and only a few identifying themselves as ‘excellent’ healthy role models.

Leading a healthy lifestyle that includes meeting recommended physical activity is challenging, and often, seems impossible. Work, errands, activities, homework and more fill our schedules, leaving us with too much to do in a short amount of time.

But, it’s easier than you think.

Join us for YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Sunday, June 3 and discover tons of tools and resources to help you create a healthier lifestyle. This free community event will show you and your family how simple daily actions can make a huge impact.

Visit YMCA Healthy Kids Day for a complete schedule of events and drop by the Y on June 3 from 11:00-3:00!

Strengthening YMCA Healthy Kids Day through Community Partners

At the YMCA, we believe that healthy families are connected to their community; they feel like they belong. On Sunday, June 3 we are hosting YMCA Healthy Kids Day, a day dedicated to improving the health of local families through free activities and programming, to bring families together to connect.

We are so proud to work with so many local agencies, bringing together organizations focused on physical health, mental health, families, children, and parents for this FREE community event.

Organizations like:

  • Oakville Galleries
    Do you like making art? Join Oakville Galleries outdoors to make artwork that you can stick wherever you want! Each participant will create a small drawing then turn it into a sticker with a hand-cranked sticker machine.
  • OBA Cares
    Just like children need to learn to read and write, they also need to learn to move with competence and confidence across a variety of movements, giving them the tools required to be active for life. OBA Cares is designed to teach fundamental movement and basic basketball skills while developing physical literacy in young athletes.
  • Massive Tank Studios
    The local professional recording studio has worked with Community Living Oakville and Mind Forward Brain Injury Services to bring a band program to clients with both developmental delays and acquired brain injuries. Playing outdoors from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, check out the CLO Rep Band, The Wednesdays, The Rehabs, Matteo Esposito & more!
  • Mission Possible Escape Rooms
    Your tribe has been placed on a deserted island and must work as a team to solve puzzles and riddles while searching for the God of Immunity mask. Work together as a family to find the God of Immunity mask before time is up!
  • And so many more!

Click here for our full Activity Schedule

Thank you to all of our community partners and exhibitors for participating in YMCA Healthy Kids Day, and helping us work towards a community of healthy families.

Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines: Help us Reach 1,000,000 Steps!

On YMCA Healthy Kids Day (Sunday June 3, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm), join us in reaching our goal of 1,000,000 steps as a Healthy Kids Day community! Registration opens at 10:45 am, pick up your YMCA pedometer & passport, and explore the wide range of activities we have to offer that will promote a healthy, active lifestyle for your entire family.

According to the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth, a healthy 24 hours includes moderate to vigorous physical activity (sweat), light physical activity (step), uninterrupted rest (sleep) and sedentary behaviour (sit).

Sweat

Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity

An accumulation of at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity involving a variety of aerobic activities. Vigorous physical activities and muscle and bone strengthening activities should each be incorporated at least 3 days a week.

Step

Light Physical Activity

Several hours of a variety of structured and unstructured light physical activities.

Sleep

Uninterrupted 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night for those aged 5-13 yrs & 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14-17 yrs, with consistent bedtimes and wake-up times.

Sit

Sedentary Behaviour

No more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time and limited sitting for extended periods.

Our challenge to the community on YMCA Healthy Kids Day is to participate as a family in activities that promote each of the above healthy components. Get your “sweat” on with Family Box Fit, “step” in to the Y for Family Track Time, “sleep” easy at night after an afternoon of Family Yoga and “sit” down and spend quality family time learning a new skill like Robotics!

At the end of the event, record your number of steps and submit your passport for a chance to win prizes and help us reach 1,000,000 steps!

Click here for our full Activity Schedule

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Canadian kids still not getting enough exercise

According to the newest data from Statistics Canada, fewer than 20% of Canadian children and youth are still not meeting [...]

Strengthening YMCA Healthy Kids Day through Community Partners

At the YMCA, we believe that healthy families are connected to their community; they feel like they belong. On Sunday, [...]