Health Reports

A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research

February 2020

Associations between parent and child sedentary behaviour and physical activity in early childhood

by Valerie Carson, Kellie Langlois and Rachel Colley

Physical activity has numerous physical, social, and cognitive health benefits in early childhood. Conversely, sedentary behaviour, in particular screen time, is detrimentally associated with healthy growth and development in this age group. The behavioural patterns formed in early childhood have implications throughout childhood. More specifically, physical activity has been found to be moderately stable from early childhood to middle childhood, whereas, over the same time period, moderate to large stability has been observed for sedentary behaviour. At present, only 15% of Canadian preschoolers (3-4-year-olds) meet both physical activity (⋝180 minutes/day of total physical activity, including ⋝60 minutes/day of energetic play) and screen time (⋜1 hour/day) recommendations, within 24-Hour Movement Guidelines. A similar pattern has been observed in a regional sample of toddlers in Edmonton, Canada.

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What has changed since cannabis was legalized?

by Michelle Rotermann

Cannabis is one of the most widely used substances in Canada with nearly half of Canadians reporting having used it at some time in their lives. In October 2018 Canada became the second country in the world to legalize its' sale, possession and non-medical use by adults which followed the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes about two decades earlier. Impaired driving laws were also amended to further safeguard Canadians' health and safety.

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