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Kids’ screen time, inactivity, and the growing ‘sleepidemic’

Canadian kids are experiencing a ‘sleepidemic’. Through a vicious cycle involving too much sedentary screen time and too little physical activity, new research suggests that Canadian children and youth are now facing a third health risk—too little sleep.

The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth discusses issues and challenges in getting Canadian kids to engage in physical activity. It covers categories such as active play, physical literacy, and sedentary behaviors and assigns a letter grade to each.

For the first time, the 2016 Report Card has added sleep as a category. And the research is enough to keep parents awake at night. Read more...

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