Frequently Asked Questions
Aren’t kids already active enough?
Unfortunately not! Research confirmed in 1998 that Canadian children ages 11 to 15 were 30% less active than children in 1990. (King et al, 1999). 63% of 5-17 year olds are not active enough for optimal growth and development(Physical activity monitor,CFLRI, 1999). Incidences of obesity in children and youth have increased by 50% in the last 15 years(Heart Health Coalition, 1998).
Can physical activity, like walking, help prevent Type II Diabetes for those who are at high risk?
Yes! The results of a major federally funded study, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), showed that moderate diet and exercise resulting in a 5- to 7-percent weight loss, of people at high risk for diabetes, can delay and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes. The participants walked for 30 minutes, 5 days a week. (National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, 2002)
Do the programs require equipment?
Not necessarily. A class can be run with very little or no equipment. If a facility is looking at purchasing equipment, investigate the numerous grants available.
I am a senior citizen. Is it too late for me to become physically active?
More and more older adults are proving every day that they aren’t too old to exercise. In fact, the older you are, the more you need regular exercise. Studies have shown that no matter what your age, physical activity can contribute to improved health.
Is it really important for parents to be active for their children to be active?
Research on children and physical activity shows the crucial role that parents play. More active parents have more active preschoolers, more active pre-adolescents, and more active adolescents. For more information on how you can encourage your children to be active, you can go to a series provided by Canada Physical Activity Guides for children and youth.