Students Partake In National Study

Students at┬áTecumseh Public School in Chatham are the subjects of a national fitness study being conducted by the Childrens’ Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Members of the Kinesiology department at the University of Windsor put students through the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy and recorded the results, which will be part of a national database measuring the fitness levels of Grade 4 to 6 students.

“They are not learning the necessary skills of hopping, skipping, running and jumping. So, what we’re trying to do is measure this and eventually pool all the data together,” says Associate Professor Sarah Woodruff. “Kids don’t play anymore, they like their screen time and so they aren’t learning the necessary skills to be competent in movement. If you don’t learn these skills as a child, you’re certainly not going to carry them into adulthood.”

Over 9,000 students will be tested to compile the fitness database. Officials say the data will be compared to future results to measure the increase or decrease in youth fitness levels.