By Sophia Yamauchi, Grade 10
In programs like Leadership, students get a chance to learn about the importance of fitness and put their learning into practice. Sadly, such programs only exist in small numbers, and many children and adolescents are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity.
In 2009, one-quarter of Canadian children were considered either overweight or obese. That is not bad compared to American statistics. Children in Canada were healthier and had a lower average BMI. Does it mean everything is okay? Indeed, an average Canadian is “healthier” than an average American, but this is no excuse to say that we do not have a problem—we do.