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Great article about getting kids active...and we'd get a tax break


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October 26th, 2006, 03:14 PM
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Kids should sweat for tax break: PanelOct. 26, 2006. 04:30 PMCANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA — Parents of pudgy kids who are into archery or bowling might not qualify for a federal tax credit designed to beat the bulge, if the government follows recommendations it received Thursday. The Conservative government announced the tax credit in its spring budget, in the hope of encouraging kids to get off the couch and into physical activity. But a federal panel says parents shouldn’t get the break unless their kids break sweat.

“The expert panel recommends that cardio-respiratory endurance be an important component of an eligible activity,” says the report commissioned by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

“If today’s kids are consuming more calories, part of the solution will be in helping them to burn more of them.”

In addition to benefits to the heart and lungs, the three-member panel says tax credits should only go to parents who sign up for programs that also require muscular strength or muscular endurance, flexibility or balance.

The panel chair, Dr. Kellie Leitch, suggested that means activities such as archery and lawn bowling — recognized by Sport Canada as Olympic sports — wouldn’t qualify.

“Our emphasis is on cardio-pulmonary endurance,” Leitch told a news conference. “Kids have to sweat in order to get the benefit of this tax credit.”

Eligible programs would have to include at least 30 minutes of physical activity for kids under 10, and an hour for those 10 and over, for parents to qualify for the maximum tax credit of $78.50 per child.

Programs would also have to last a minimum of one session a week for eight weeks, except for camps where kids get a full week of exercise.

The panellists estimated three million Canadian children could benefit from the program, which is scheduled to begin January. But they cautioned it won’t solve everything.

“Encouraging more physical activity, sport and fitness within our culture is a complex, multi-faceted and challenging issue,” wrote Leitch.

“While we do not pretend the . . . tax credit will be a panacea that will end most childhood obesity, we passionately believe the tax credit is an important component of what must be a broader strategy to encourage activity among young people.”[/b]



I think this is an awesome idea. Though I'm not sure using a tax break as an incentive is necessarily the way to go but I think way too many kids that are school aged right now sit on their butts playing computer or gaming systems games, watch tV, etc and not getting outside and exercising. All they would need to do is play a game of tag or soccer, go for a walk, go for a bike ride or rollerblade, or play football or street hockey or build a snow fort (when there is snow) for an hour or so a day aside from the recess time they spend outside and they would be better off. I don't know how much the kids getting overweight has hit Canadian kids but I know it is a huge problem in the US, and why not nip a problem in the bud before it becomes a problem. I think we need to be more proactive.

These comments are a reflection of my opinions. I'd like to hear what others think on this matter?
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October 26th, 2006, 05:37 PM
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I think this is an awesome idea. Though I'm not sure using a tax break as an incentive is necessarily the way to go but I think way too many kids that are school aged right now sit on their butts playing computer or gaming systems games, watch tV, etc and not getting outside and exercising. All they would need to do is play a game of tag or soccer, go for a walk, go for a bike ride or rollerblade, or play football or street hockey or build a snow fort (when there is snow) for an hour or so a day aside from the recess time they spend outside and they would be better off. I don't know how much the kids getting overweight has hit Canadian kids but I know it is a huge problem in the US, and why not nip a problem in the bud before it becomes a problem. I think we need to be more proactive.[/b]
I think it's great, but I don't know about the tax break either.. I guess we have to start somewhere, eh?

(PS ~ You'd be awesome on the debate boards!)
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October 27th, 2006, 07:02 AM
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Thanks for the PS remark....maybe I will participate. This weekend is no good as I'll be hosting about 15 guests at our place as we are having a Halloween bash. So much cleaning, shopping, etc to do...and all with a 4 month old in toe. I hope he cooperates.
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