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The population and experts in physical and sports activities concur on the need for more physical activity at school, thus reflecting a genuine consensus to take action in this regard.

Children need to move more: general public agrees

An Ipsos survey of the Quebec population in November 2012 revealed that [1]:

  • 96% of Quebecers agreed that children and youth should be allowed to engage in more physical activity at school.
  • 73% of the population believed that it was up to school to offer children and youth more opportunities to engage in physical activity.
  • Only 27% of the population believed that children and youth had enough opportunities to engage in physical activity at school.

Furthermore, a survey of the Canadian population conducted in 2011 by the Public Health Agency of Canada indicated that [2]:

  • Lack of physical activity was the main reason evoked to explain today’s problems of obesity.
  • Lack of physical activity among children and youth was a concern for 65% of the population.
  • 67% believed that school had a role to play in the fight against obesity.
  • 63% maintained that provincial ministries of health had a major role to play and 60% were of the opinion that government could do more in this regard.
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[1]  Omnibus Web survey by Ipsos, for the Weight Coalition, on a representative sample of 1001 francophone participants in Quebec, aged 18 to 74 (November 12-20, 2012).

[2] Ipsos Reid (2011). Canadians’ Perceptions of, and Support for, Potential Measures to Prevent and Reduce Childhood Obesity. Prepared for Public Health Agency of Canada.

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