Why is it important?

Research has shown that being physically active later in life depends on an individual's ability to feel confident in an activity setting. That confidence most often comes from having learned fundamental movement and sport skills, or physical literacy, as a child. Research has also shown that without the development of physical literacy, many children and youth withdraw from physical activity and sport and turn to more inactive and/or unhealthy choices during their leisure time (CS4Life).

Quality physical education programs offer the best opportunity to foster the development of physical literacy for all children and youth given their mandate to provide equal and equitable access to the development of the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become physically literate. Although each province has its own unique physical education curriculum, there are many common principles that are consistent with fostering physical literacy through a quality physical education program. These principles are consistent with PHE Canada’s Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) program and are rooted in previous evidence-based research. 

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