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Active travel to school

The kids walking to school during the day time

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 crucial 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 benefits the broader community, including more socially cohesive neighbourhoods, safer streets and cleaner air.

How much physical activity do children need? 

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 structured and unstructured light physical activity per day.

Webinar - Reverse the trend of the backseat generation

Dr. Mariana Brussoni and Dr. Guy Faulkner present research on the importance of active travel to a child's mental and physical development.

Resources

    • Active travel for kids presented by Dr. Faulkner

    • Active kids are healthy kids

      Tips by Translink on choosing active travel to and from school.

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