Active kids are healthy kids. Children who are more physically active are happier, have better academic achievement, have fewer depression and anxiety related symptoms, sleep better, and have better overall health.
Active travel (walking, biking, etc.) is a key way for kids to be physically active. Using active modes of travel to and from school and other destinations in the community has a host of benefits for kids' well-being and development. It also has effects that benefit the broader community such as more socially cohesive neighbourhoods, safer streets and cleaner air.
The Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines recommend that children and youth aged 5-17 get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity and several hours of a variety of structured and unstructured light physical activity per day.
For more active travel to school tips, check out this active kids are healthy kids infographic.
On October 29th, 2020, our team held a webinar with international experts, Dr. Mariana Brussoni and Dr. Guy Faulkner, about the current research on the importance of active travel to a child's mental and physical development. Watch the full webinar below or click to open in YouTube: Reverse the trend of the backseat generation - Get kids moving through active travel to school