16 Feb, 2014

Developing Physical Literacy: A Guide for Parents of Children Ages 0 to 12

Childhood obesity threatens the future health of Canada, and the problem needs to be addressed NOW if we are to prevent a generation of children from growing up with chronic health problems.

We also know that being physically active later in life depends on feeling confident in an activity setting; and that confidence, as an adult, most often comes from having learned fundamental movement and sport skills as a child.
Therefore, to create an active and healthy population ALL Canadian children need a sound foundation of movement and sport skills to build on later in life; and this foundation is called Physical Literacy.

Physical literacy gives children the tools they need to takepart in physical activity and sport, both for healthy life-long enjoyment and for sporting success; and is a key component of Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) program.

For full physical literacy children should learn fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills in each of the four basic environments:
On the ground – as the basis for most games, sports, dance and physical activities
In the water – as the basis for all aquatic activities
On snow and ice – as the basis for all winter sliding activities
In the air – basis for gymnastics, diving and other aerial activities

Read the full report bellow or go to the Canadian Sport for Life website: