An Inactive Population
Research shows that most Canadians aren’t as active as we could – or should – be.
According to recommendations from the federal government, adults should get 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week, while children and youth should do the same for 60 minutes each day.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of us are failing to meet those standards. More than 60% of children and youth, and over 80% of adults, fail to get the recommended amount of physical activity.
In addition to hurting our health, our inactivity is costing us. According to government figures, treatment of chronic diseases linked to physical inactivity costs the healthcare system up to $6.8 billion annually.