Here are some statistics about Canadian health from the Canadian Heart And Stroke Foundation;
Fifteen percent of adults (17% of men and 14% of women), accumulate the recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (Colley et al, 2011).
Among Canadian women ages 12 and over, 52.5% are physically inactive (PHAC, 2009).
Among Canadian men ages 12 and over, 46.5% are physically inactive (PHAC, 2009).
Only 13% of Canadians between the ages of 60 and 79 report meeting the weekly physical activity recommendations; the lowest of any group (Colley et al, 2011).
Children and physical activity
82% of Canadian teenagers may not be active enough to meet international guidelines for optimal growth and development (Craig & Cameron, 2004).
Girls are less active than boys with only 9% of boys and 4% of girls meeting Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (Colley et al, 2011).
83% of children and youth from families earning incomes of at least $100,000 per year participated in sport compared to 66% from families earning less than $50,000 per year (Active Healthy Kids Canada, 2011).
Twenty two percent of Canadian children receive physical education at school daily, 44% receive physical education at school 1-2 days per week, 25% on 3-4 days of the week, and the remaining 9% reportedly receive no physical education at school (Active Healthy Kids Canada, 2011).
Physical education classes averaging 18 or more minutes a day can more than double the odds that an overweight or obese child becomes and remains physically active (McKenzie et al, 1995).