Only 36% of 2 to 3 year old Canadian kids regularly engage in unorganized sport and physical activity each week, says a report issued by Active Healthy Kids Canada. The 2010 Report Card adds that only 44% of 4 and 5 year old kids regularly take part in unorganized sport and physical activity each week.

Early childhood is a critical period for growth and development, the authors explain. Parents, health care professionals, educators and caregivers should work together to guarantee the foundation needed to sustain physical activity throughout life.

We should not assume that physical activity takes place naturally during early childhood and does not need to be investigated. The authors say that we need to know more about the link between physical activity and healthy early development.

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