Kids’ physical activity dropped during pandemic, but researchers encouraged by more outdoor play – CBC

Opportunities to be active during pandemic were fewer for marginalized children, ParticipAction says

Oct 04, 2022

A new study attempts to quantify what many parents likely already know: dismal activity levels for kids and youth fell even further during the pandemic, while screen time soared.

ParticipAction’s latest report card on physical activity gives children and youth a “D” for physical activity — a drop from “D-plus” in 2020’s report card.

At the same time, kids succumbed to more sedentary screen time, earning an “F” in that category, billed as “a significant decrease” from the “D-plus” in 2020.

The report card’s 15th edition is based on data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time that put a sudden halt to play dates, sports activities and gym classes for many kids.

For the third time in a row, the ParticipAction report card gave kids and youth an overall grade of “F,” which takes into account physical activity, screen time and sleep recommendations.

ParticipAction’s scientific director, Dr. Leigh Vanderloo, largely pegs the backslide to fallout from the sweeping infection control measures introduced in the spring of 2020.

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