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Douglas College faculty member lends expertise to ParticipACTION’s 2018 report on physical and brain health in kids

Sarah Moore, a faculty member in the Department of Therapeutic Recreation at Douglas College, is one of 19 experts recommending more physical activity to kids to promote healthy bodies and brains, as part of ParticipACTION’s 2018 report card, released yesterday.

The biennial report card gives Canadian kids letter grades in areas such as overall physical activity and sedentary behaviours. This year, for the first time, the report card was released in concert with an Expert Statement on Physical Activity and Brain Health in Children and Youth, a scientific report highlighting the importance of physical activity to cognition, brain function, and mental health in children and youth, including kids with disabilities.

Moore sat on the panel that developed the expert statement. The panel included pediatric neuroscientists, exercise scientists, disability specialists, clinicians and practitioners. She was the only college instructor to participate.

Moore was invited to join the panel because of her knowledge of physical activity for kids, including kids with disabilities, said Mark Tremblay, Chief Scientific Officer, ParticipACTION Report Card and Director of the CHEO Research Institute’s Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group.

"Sarah provided important insight from her blend of research and practical experience, commitment to careful and thorough review of gathered evidence, and sincere enthusiasm and energy for the dissemination and promotion of the expert statement," Tremblay said.

The panel found that all children and youth should be physically active on a regular basis for better brain health. It also found that children and youth with disabilities experience health-related gains by increasing their activity level.

”Kids with disabilities often experience more barriers to being active, and are generally less active as a result. We need adaptive programs that support these children and youth,” Moore said.

Moore joined Douglas College in 2012. Her research includes assessing the impact of physical activity for children with disabilities, barriers and facilitators to physical activity, and longitudinal studies that assess child development during the growing years. She is a researcher at Kids Brain Health Network and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, in Vancouver.

To learn more about the 2018 ParticipACTION report card and the expert statement, watch the video written and narrated by Moore. 



Sucheta Singh
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