What is physical literacy and why is it important?


 

Why is Physical Literacy importantPhysical Literacy is the development of fundamental movement skills all children need, such as throwing, jumping, running, catching, kicking and wheeling. Acquiring these skills gives children the confidence and competence to participate in different physical activities, sports, and games throughout their life. In the past, kids developed physical literacy through structured P.E. classes, sports, and regular active play. Now, many kids aren’t getting the chance to develop their physical literacy. Physical literacy is essential today because the outdoor games and activities that filled our childhood and helped us develop movement skills have been replaced by more screen time and inactivity. This is why we need to prioritize physical literacy for children.

Facts about Physical Literacy:

  • More than half of Canadians are considered inactive and 30% of children are considered to be obese or overweight.
  • Children and youth should be getting at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. In Canada, only 9% of boys and 4% of girls are meeting these guidelines.
  • Through PISE, 3,500 kids last year participated in Physical Literacy programs.