Prince Edward Island students' physical activity flat-lines

Teresa Wright
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The 2012-13 School Health Action Planning and Evaluation System (SHAPES) report shows no improvement in physical activity levels among P.E.I. students since the last survey in 2010.

SHAPES PEI report shows no improvement in physical activity levels since last survey

Despite years of warnings from health officials about rising obesity levels, P.E.I. students have not increased their physical activity levels and are spending too much time in front of screens, according to data from the latest SHAPES survey.

The 2012-13 School Health Action Planning and Evaluation System (SHAPES) report was released Monday showing data collected from students in grades 5 through 12 about healthy eating, physical activity and mental fitness. The results show no improvement in physical activity levels since the last survey was completed in 2010.

That’s a concern, says the survey’s principal investigator, Donna Murnaghan.

“There’s enormous amount of resources and talk and energy put into trying to move physical activity up the agenda to have an impact, and we’re not seeing the impact yet,” she said.

She believes part of the problem lies in that being physically active is not part of everyday life for many.

“What are we doing to get youth excited about just being on the move? And what are we doing to help parents be on the move and role model?” she said.

“We have to culturally and physically adopt a change.”

The data shows 27 per cent of P.E.I. students who took part in the SHAPES survey are overweight or obese.

The survey also found an increasing number of Island youth are spending more than two hours every day playing video games or surfing the Internet.

twright@theguardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: School Health Action Planning and Evaluation System

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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  • So what
    February 11, 2014 - 10:01

    I'm not overweight, I never participated in gym class, or any physical activities for that matter when from grades 4 all the way up to when I graduated a few years ago. Not because I am lazy, but because gym class is where I was constantly bullied. Can't say I blame these kids because a lot of them probably aren't lazy.