Physical Activity - Statistics in Niagara

In Niagara, the percentage of adults aged 20 and over who are physically active in their leisure time is 57.6 per cent (2009-2010). This is significantly higher than the per cent of adults in Ontario who are physically active.

Adults in Niagara and Ontario who are physically active from 2005 to 2010

These data are based on the 1998-2002 Physical Activity Guidelines for adults 20-55 years and youth 10-14 years. In January 2011, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology released new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for children and youth aged 5-17 years and adults aged 18-64.

Data has been age standardized based on 1991 Canadian Census.
* Significant difference between Niagara and Ontario
Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, Statistics Canada, Share File, Ontario MOHLTC.

Youth Physical Activity

In Niagara, 75.6 per cent of youth ages 12-19 are physically active (moderately active or active) in their leisure time (2009-2010). This is not significantly different than the per cent of youth in Ontario who are physically active.

Youth who are Physically Active in Niagara and Ontario

Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, Statistics Canada, Share File, Ontario MOHLTC.

In addition to leisure time activities, students were asked about their physical activity in the seven days prior to the survey. Most students were active for at least 60 minutes on five or more days of the week. These results are not significantly different than Ontario.

Number of Days Students were Active for (Prior to the Survey)
Physical activity for at least 60 minutes Niagara
Grade 7 / 8
Ontario
Grade 7 / 8
Niagara
Secondary
Ontario
Secondary
0-2 days 16.2% 16.2% 28.0% 22.7%
3-4 days 24.4% 29.4% 25.7% 25.1%
5-7 days 59.4% 54.4% 46.3% 52.2%

Source: Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, 2015.

Students were also asked how they travel to school. The most popular form of transportation was a school bus or public bus. The table below shows the results of how students travel to school for Niagara and Ontario.

Transportation to school Niagara
Grade 7 / 8
Ontario
Grade 7 / 8
Niagara
Secondary
Ontario
Secondary
By car 32.6% 28.4% 38.1% 41.6%
By school bus or public bus 35.6% 30.4% 41.5% 36.9%
By walking 27.4% 37.3% 18.8% 18.3%
By biking Not reportable 1.6% Not reportable 0.6%
Other 2.3 2.2% Not reportable 2.6%

Source: Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, 2015.

Niagara students were also asked about enrollment in physical education classes. Currently, 61.3 per cent of secondary students in Niagara are not enrolled in physical education classes. This is not significantly different than Ontario students.

Students were also asked how often in the past five days this physical education class had physical activity for at least 20 minutes that increased heart rate and made it hard to breathe. Almost one in four students said that all five days had this type of physical activity.

Number of Days Secondary Students in Niagara and Ontario Participated in Physical Activity
Number of school days of physical activity Niagara Ontario
0 to 2 days 8.0% 8.8%
3 to 4 days 7.9% 12.2%
5 days 22.7% 29.0%
Not enrolled in physical education 61.3% 50.0%

Source: Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, 2015.


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