Benchmarks

Our expert panel evaluates the Physical Activity behavior of children and youth and rates every indicator by grades from A (very good) to F (poor).

Daily Behaviors

Overall Physical Activity

Percentage of children and youth who meet the Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health.

Organized Sport Participation

Percentage of children and youth who participate in organized sport and/or physical activity programs.

Active Play

Percentage of children and youth who engage in unstructured/unorganized active play for several hours a day.

Active Transportation

Percentage of children and youth who use active transportation to get to and from places (e.g., school, park, mall, friend’s house).

Sedentary Behaviors

Percentage of children and youth who meet the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines.

Nutrition

BMI related percentiles.

Settings and Sources of Influences

Family and Peers

Percentage of family members (e.g., parents, guardians) who facilitate physical activity and sport opportunities for their children (e.g., volunteering, coaching, driving, paying for membership fees and equipment).
Percentage of parents who meet the Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health, which recommend that adults accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
Percentage of family members (e.g., parents, guardians) who are physically active with their kids.
Percentage of children and youth with friends and peers who encourage and support them to be physically active.
Percentage of children and youth who encourage and support their friends and peers to be physically active.

School

Percentage of schools with active school policies (e.g., daily PE, daily physical activity, recess, “everyone plays” approach, bike racks at school, traffic calming on school property, outdoor time).
Percentage of schools where the majority (> 80%) of students are taught by a PE specialist.
Percentage of schools where the majority (> 80%) of students are offered the mandated amount of PE (for the given state/territory/region/country).
Percentage of schools that offer physical activity opportunities (excluding PE) to the majority (> 80%) of their students.
Percentage of parents who report their children and youth have access to physical activity opportunities at school in addition to PE classes.
Percentage of schools with students who have regular access to facilities and equipment that support physical activity (e.g., gymnasium, outdoor playgrounds, sporting fields, multi-purpose space for physical activity, equipment in good condition).

Community and Environment

Percentage of children or parents who perceive their community/ municipality is doing a good job at promoting physical activity (e.g., variety, location, cost, quality).
Percentage of communities/municipalities that report they have policies promoting physical activity.
Percentage of communities/municipalities that report they have infrastructure (e.g., sidewalks, trails, paths, bike lanes) specifically geared toward promoting
physical activity.
Percentage of children or parents who report having facilities, programs, parks and playgrounds available to them in their community.
Percentage of children or parents who report living in a safe neighbourhood where they can be physically active.
Percentage of children or parents who report having well maintained facilities, parks and playgrounds in their community that are safe to use.

Physical Fitness Capabilities of children (6-10 y.) in terms of endurance (6 minute run), strength (sit-ups, push-ups, handgrip), coordination (balancing backwards) and flexibility (stand and reach and sit and reach).

Strategies and Investments

Evidence of leadership and commitment in providing physical activity opportunities for all children and youth.
Allocated funds and resources for the implementation of physical activity promotion strategies and initiatives for all children and youth.
Demonstrated progress through the key stages of public policy making (i.e., policy agenda, policy formation, policy implementation, policy evaluation and decisions about the future).