As one Canada’s leading research scientists in the areas of: physical activity, exercise science, childhood obesity and community health, Dr. Mark Tremblay, closely monitors data and trends related to the physical health of Canadians — from how people should be moving to the reasons why they may not be physically active.
In an interview with Lianne Castelino of WhereParentsTalk TV, Dr. Tremblay, father of 4 adult children, Senior Scientist and Director, Healthy Active Living and Obesity, Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), discusses the latest findings on the physical health of Canadians — both before and during the coronavirus global pandemic.
The interview spans a range of topic areas including:
- the latest scientific data on the healthy living behaviours of Canadians
- the impact of the coronavirus global pandemic on the overall health of Canadians
- tips and strategies on how to maintain physical activity in an increasingly virtual world
- simple ways to stay active within a defined ‘bubble’
- what the right mix of physical activity, sleep and sedentary behaviour looks like
- about how parents and children can maintain physical activity during the COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic
- screen time
Dr. Tremblay is also one of the main authors of the ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, produced annually.
The 2020 Report Card, the 14th edition published, found Canadian children and youth between the ages of 5 and 17 years, fall well below recommended national guidelines when it comes to physical activity and movement.
The Report Card gave Canadian children and youth a mark of D+ for both overall physical activity and for sedentary behaviours.
Sixty minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily is recommended for children between 5 and 17 years of age.
Watch the video interview with Dr. Mark Tremblay: