Date: August 20, 2015
This guest blog was provided by Jennifer Ronan of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.
Physical activity is important for health and well-being. The Eastern Ontario Physical Activity Network (EOPAN) recognizes physical inactivity in rural youth as an important public health issue. Canadian children and youth spend a large proportion of the after-school time period (between 3-6 p.m.) in sedentary pursuits. During those hours, research suggests that children and youth are getting very little moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity and also that rural youth may experience additional barriers to accessing recreation (and physical activity) opportunities, such as lack of transportation or safety issues.