The Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) agrees with the Heart and Stroke Foundation in its identification of the health crisis among Canada children and youth.
Children and youth are significantly less active and more obese than ever before, and these levels are becoming more and more grave.
Changing cultures, time demands and the low priority of physical education in schools are mostly to blame for these declining physical activity levels," says CAHPERD president Farida Gabbani.
"Based on the realities of the current situation, our kids are at risk of a number of diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, that were previously only found in older adults."
"Never before has physically educating a child been more important," says Gabbani.
"Schools have the ability to reach every child to ensure that they have the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to be active now and throughout adulthood."
According to the Canadian Medical Association, children and teens should receive a minimum of 30 minutes of physical education each day. Despite this resolution, physical education continues to erode in schools. Less than five per cent of Canadian schools are recognized by CAHPERD as providing quality physical education programs on a daily basis.