Active Healthy Kids Canada has released its fifth Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. This year, the focus of the report is on the important role physical activity plays in facilitating learning and academic performance. Children and youth who are more physically active showed improved memory, concentration and attention span - leading to better results in school.
The report card also highlights inequities in physical activity - especially for low-income children and youth and those with disabilities.
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III A Culture of Activity Case Study: Ophea's Living School Initiative
-- by Margaret MacNeill, PhD, Centre for Girls' and Women's Health and Physical Activity, Faculty of PE & Health, University of Toronto, [email protected]
Margaret MacNeill, is an associate professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Physical Education and Health. She is also cross appointed to Public Health Sciences where she teaches health communication. Her current research interests include youth understandings of fitness and health, active media literacy, and media productions of obesity narratives and health scares.
Nestle, M. and Jacobson, M.F. (Jan/Feb 2000).Public Health Reports, Vol. 115, 12-25.
"The paper, "Halting the Obesity Epidemic: A Public Health Policy Approach," urges legislators, researchers, educators, businesses, urban planners, transportation experts, and nonprofit groups to approach obesity in a more creative way and to take immediate action. Specific recommendations include: * Mounting large scale mass-media campaigns to promote healthier diets and physical activity;