Two systematic reviews were conducted to examine the best available scientific evidence on the net effect (i.e., balance of benefits vs. harms) of outdoor and risky active play. Other research and reviews were also consulted. The Position Statement applies to girls and boys (aged 3-12 years) regardless of ethnicity, race, or family socioeconomic status. Children who have a disability or a medical condition should also enjoy active outdoor play in compliance with guidance from a health professional.
The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card reveals kids move more and sit less when they play outside and have some freedom to roam unsupervised and take risks.
Kids are More Physically Active When They Play Outside
We are proud to declare Renfrew County the winner of the 2014 Silver Chain Challenge with the most number of points accumulated. Renfrew County is also recognized for having the highest number of participants in total and participation from across all of our municipalities. This year, we recorded kilometers cycled and walked (running included) for each municipality across the County of Renfrew and Lanark County, including the city of Pembroke and Smith Falls.
We are immensely grateful for the strenth of community collaboration that was so evident to make these events such a success. Together, we are making positive change in our communities across Renfrew County. To all the passionate community champions, from recreation, mental health, well-being, families, individuals, businesses, municipalities and politicians, who supported Clara's Big Ride -- THANK YOU!