Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.
The first theme in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge was Run. Jump. Play. Every Day. The theme was launched in September 2015 and encourages physical activity through a mix of active play, active transportation, sports and structured physical activity.
Any form of fun or regular movement is physical activity. For kids of all ages, it should include bouts of moderate to vigorous activity to raise their heart rate. Lots of good things happen when our kids move more – stronger muscles and bones, greater focus and attention, self confidence, better coordination. Active kids are happier, they sleep better and they do better in school!
Currently in Canada, only 14% of kids aged 5-11 meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, and only 5% of 12-17 year olds are active enough to meet the guidelines.