Ninety-nine percent of children living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) don’t get enough exercise, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University tracked the physical activity of 856 grade five and six students in the GTA for one week.
The students wore accelerometers – tiny devices that are similar to pedometers, but which measure all types of motion – for about 16 and a half hours a day.
The information recorded by the devices showed that, on average, boys got about 35 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day. Girls got about 24 minutes of activity per day.
Experts* recommend that children aged five to 17 should get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each day.