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Available Expert - Statistics Canada report on physical activity and sedentary behaviour of Canadian children

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Queen’s University pediatrician Amy Acker is available for comment on the morning of Sept. 21 on a Statistics Canada report on physical activity levels and sedentary behaviour in Canadian children aged three to five. The report found that Canadian children aged three to five engage in less physical activity and more sedentary behaviors than the recommended guidelines.  Most three to four-year olds meet recommended requirements for physical activity each day – 180 minutes of any intensity - but there is a significant drop by age five. In addition, many children exceed the recommended screen time targets. 

"Physical activity in young children has many health benefits and sedentary behaviour is linked to increased obesity, decreased psychosocial and cognitive development," says Dr. Acker. "These findings are likely not surprising to many pediatricians who already counsel parents to increase activity and decrease sedentary behaviors and are starting to see consequences of failing to do so on a regular basis."

Dr. Amy Acker is a full-time assistant professor of general pediatrics at Queen’s University and a staff pediatrician at Hotel Dieu Hospital. She is available for print and radio interviews by telephone on the morning of Sept. 21.

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