Active Kids, Healthy Kids
Physical inactivity and obesity among children and youth are growing problems in Canada. Many children and youth are not active enough for optimal growth and development. The CPS has developed tools and resources to help paediatricians and other health professionals educate parents, patients and the public about the benefits of physical activity and nutrition.
Practice tools & guidelines
- Position statements from the CPS Healthy Active Living and Sports Medicine Committee.
- Canada’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
- Growth charts: using the new World Health Organization (WHO) growth standards to monitor children’s growth in Canada
- WHO Growth Charts Training Program: An evidence-based, self-learning package designed for primary care and public health practitioners.
Information for sharing with parents and caregivers
- Caring for Kids: Printable fact sheets for parents and teens on physical activity, play, healthy eating, and when children are ready for sports.
- Well Beings: A Guide to Health in Child Care, 3rd edition (2008), provides information and best practices for child care centres on nutrition and encouraging physical activity through active play.
- The Canadian Paediatric Society Guide to Caring for your Child from Birth to Age Five (2009), offers important advice on nutrition, play, and activity in the early years.
Sources and resources
- Canada’s Food Guide
- Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide – A resource for educators and communicators.
- Physical activity, Public Health Agency of Canada.