VisInfo Prj4

Final Graphs

Typography: Open Sans

Children Meeting Physical Activity and Screen Time Guidelines
Average Daily Screen Time (by activity)
Yearly Trends (Salisha)
Parents Knowledge of Physical Activity Guidelines
Untitled (Salisha) 
Amount of Parents that Frequently Play with Their Children 
Schools that don’t Mandate Physical Activity 

Main Graph

  • Parent’s knowledge of physical activity guidelines -> map graph (Malcolm)
    • Looking at the 1 hour percentage

Supporting Material: Current Statistics

Supporting Material: Barriers to Physical Activity

Solution (not graphs, it’s just apart of the overall narrative with an image)

  • Parents spending more time being active increases physical activity in children 
  • Parents spending less time on their phones decreases screen time in children 
  • (Visualization could show a parent doing some fun activity with their kid)

Possible visualizations

  • Sports & Screen icons -> .PNG files on Adobe Stock?
  • Setting -> Could be set in a playground, a school, backyard?
  • Maybe there is no setting (save the background style as one of the last things to do)


Statistics Canada:

Health behaviour in school-aged children 2002, student response to question: In the last 6 months, how often have you had the following symptoms?

Health characteristics of children and youth aged 1 to 17 years, Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth 2019

Functional difficulties for children aged 2 to 4 years, Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth 2019 (Rowan)

Canada’s population since 1960(Rowan)

Population providing care to a family member or friend with a long-term illness, disability or aging needs by sex and presence of children under 18 years in the household

Children’s participation in physical activities, in hours per week, by sex, household population aged 6 to 17, 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey – Nutrition, Canada and provinces

Time spent providing care to a family member or friend with a long-term illness, disability or aging needs by sex and presence of children under 18 years in the household (Malcolm)

Perceived health, by age group (Malcolm)

Selected mental health, economic and education indicators to better understand the impact of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic on children (various reference periods)

The State of the World’s Children 2021

This site has quite a bit of information but it’s for the US

This site has a lot of useful links

There are a lot of mini datasets that can be easily combined

Topics that should have useful datasets but I have been unable to find

  • Nicotine or tobacco use among youth in canada
  • Eating disorders among youth in canada


Datasets to look at for the project:

Most useful chart, where we can use it as reference for making a trend graph.

Activity 11.1: 

Our group brainstormed possible topics for our mega map based on the graphs we worked on in project three. The topic we decided on is healthy living for children. The tasks needed to complete this goal are finding suitable datasets, creating individual graphs, and combining graphs into one unified visualization.

Activity 11.2: 

Identifying the audience:

  • People within the parent age range (people who are newly parents)
  • People who work with children 
  • Also child-appropriate(?) (who factor into the visualization)

Guide for Personas

  • Name: Melissa Parker
  • Age: 38 (still hip with the youth lol hahaha!!!)
  • Occupation: Business Analyst 
  • Status: Married
  • Lives in: Toronto, Ontario
  • Goal: For her children to outlive her. Promote healthy habits at a young age.
  • Frustrations: All the misinformation, and doesn’t know what to believe. Example; vaccines on COVID-19 misleading..
  • Behaviour traits: Helicopter parent
  • Background: A mother of two children, ages 7 & 14. She works remotely and her partner works outside of the house, and is concerned about her children’s health and isn’t knowledgeable when it comes to maintaining it to a healthier style. In the past, she wasn’t the best having a good health routine and fitness plan and doesn’t want the same thing to happen to her kids. 

User requirements:

Activity 11.3: 

General narrative: There is something going wrong, and action is required

  • Starting off with the obesity found in children
    • There is more health concerns now, things are getting worse
    • How to improve it. 
    • Effects how changing one thing affect the other

Reference Images: 

Final Datasets

From Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute bar graph? (Table 2)

  • Children spend far more time on screens that they do being physically active 

From Government of Canada
  • Yearly trends for how well children are meeting guidelines

Activity Vs Sedentary time (Rowan) (Page 28)

From Statistics Canada 

  • Average amount of screen time by grade and gender followed by what screen time consists of – graph + icons (julia)

Not all group members contributed equally…

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