Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play

In early June, ParticipACTION issued the 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth in concert with an evidence-informed Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play, and takes a stand on outdoor and risky active play.


Access to active play in nature and outdoors – with its risks - is essential for healthy child development.  We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings- at home, at school, in childcare, the community and nature. 

Click here to see the full position statement.

The evidence-informed Position Statement was developed and is supported by the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (HALO-CHEO), ParticipACTION and a group of 12 other organizations, and was reviewed and edited by over 1,600 stakeholders from across Canada and around the world.