Introduction to GBA+

Youth fitness case study

Introduction

We all know that physical activity is essential to healthy growth and development. Regular physical activity in childhood develops cardiovascular fitness, strength and bone density. The benefits of establishing positive habits early in childhood and adolescence can last a lifetime.

Studies show that only 5% of Canadian children between the ages of five and 17 meet the guidelines for daily physical activity.

Involvement in sports is an important part of child development, teaching youth to lead active, healthy lives while developing many fundamental social skills. Regular involvement in sports increases the likelihood that children and youth will meet physical activity recommendations for overall improved health.

Youth fitness has become an important public policy issue in Canada. The youth fitness case study will familiarize us with the issue and demonstrate how GBA+ can influence the development of public policy options to address it.