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TORONTO, Aug. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian parents look to structured activities to get their kids moving, but let's not forget about the importance of free, unstructured play. The before-, during- and after-school periods are opportune times for spontaneous, outdoor play and getting to and from places on foot. For back-to-school, ParticipACTION provides parents with a few backpack must-haves to encourage their children to be active throughout the school day.
"Sport leagues, programs and school activities are essential, valuable components of getting our kids to be more active, but kids need to do more than that, and more often," says Elio Antunes, president and CEO of ParticipACTION. "Our kids are missing out on opportunities for spontaneous movement-such as getting to places on foot and playing freely outdoors. So, let's pack our kids' backpacks for active play!"
ParticipACTION's backpack must-haves to encourage active play:
It's important for parents to remember not to over-pack. Experts recommend that kids carry no more than 10-15 per cent of their total body weight.
For more information on ParticipACTION, tips to encourage active play, or to download the infographic, please visit: http://www.participaction.com/get-informed/infographics/
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