LESS SITTING IS BETTER- LET’S GET ACTIVE! HERE’S HOW…

1 Oct

SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR- LESS SITTING IS BETTER

The 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card graded children and youth between the ages of five and 17 an “F” for Sedentary Behaviour. Only very few children and youth are meeting the sedentary behaviour recommendations as prescribed in the Canadian 24 Hour Movement Guidelines, Children and youth tend to sit nine hours (64%) of their waking hours every day. Too much sitting is linked to poor physical health, unhealthy weight, dropout rates, poor academic achievement, decreased mental well-being and social behaviour problems. Even if children are physically active, high levels of sitting can put them at risk. Schools and parents play an important role in helping students to reduce prolonged sitting.

Tips to get children and youth sitting less and moving more:
• Take short breaks, stand up or walk around
• Do two minute light-intensity activities every 30 minutes in a two hour class
• Plan at least one 30 minute “standing class” lesson per day
• Host a “Sit Less and Move More” challenge. Student can self–report their activities. Teachers can
send letters to parents asking them to spend a “screen-free weekend” with their children
• Use the Sitting Less is Better! infographic (created by the Ontario Society for Physical Activity
Promoters in Public Health) to promote sitting less and moving more
• Consider replacing standard desk with sit-and-stand desk

Active kids become active adults who are positive role models! How will you get your students and children to sit less and move more throughout the day? For more information on sedentary behaviour please visit york.ca/physicalactivity.