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The ParticipACTION Report Card is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. The Report Card synthesizes data from multiple sources, including the best available peer-reviewed research, to assign evidence-informed grades across 12 indicators.

This year's report card shows that Canadian kids are inactive and they may be losing sleep over it. If you think kids can get a little physical activity and then play video games into the wee hours, yet remain healthy, you’re in for a rude awakening. Emerging research, which spurred Canada to develop the world’s first 24-Hour Movement Guidelines, shows that physical activity, sedentary behaviour – and sleep – are closely interrelated.

  • The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card reveals sedentary lifestyles are connected to a creeping ‘sleepidemic’ among Canadian children and youth.
  • Children’s sleep duration has decreased between 30 minutes to one hour in recent decades
  • 31 per cent of school-aged children and 26 per cent of adolescents in Canada are sleep-deprived
  • 36 per cent of Canadian 14-17 year olds find it difficult to stay awake during the day
  • 43 per cent of Canadian 16-17 year olds are not getting enough sleep on weekdays
  • 33 per cent of 5-13 year olds and 45 per cent of 14-17 year-olds in Canada have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep at least some of the time
  • Too little sleep can cause hyperactivity, impulsiveness and a short attention span
  • Sleep is an essential component of healthy cognitive and physical development:
    • Children with reduced sleep are more likely to struggle with verbal creativity, problem solving, and generally score lower on IQ tests
    • Short sleep duration produces adverse hormonal changes like those associated with increased risks of obesity, diabetes and hypertension
    • Chronic sleep loss contributes to higher rates of depression and suicidal thoughts
For more information about the 2016 Report Card, visit the ParticipACTION Website