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This UK report notes that most girls are less active than boys from childhood to adolescence. Creative and concerted efforts are needed to directly address this gender gap. The research presented shows that peers, parents, active travel to school and after-school clubs hold promise to help girls become and stay active. Summary of findings It is possible to identify and train influential adolescent girls to become peer-supporters and encourage or promote a more active lifestyle among their friendship groups. By encouraging girls to sign up to new activities, showing support for their...
The Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) undertook a Terminology Consensus Project to address the need for clear, common and accepted terminology and definitions. The results of this project provide consensus definitions for the terms physical inactivity, stationary behavior, sedentary behavior, standing, screen time, non-screen-based sedentary time, sitting, reclining, lying, sedentary behavior pattern, as well as how the terms bouts, breaks, and interruptions should be used in this context. A link is provided to download the peer-reviewed paper.
To raise awareness of beach safety, two brochures featuring important safety tips can be reviewed prior to beach visits: Beach Safety provides information on the safety services provided at provincial park beaches including water safety education, Beach Safety Officer patrols and beach facility measures. Beach Safety for Groups provides water safety education with a focus on group supervision and safety guidelines.
This U.S. publication provides basic information about how U.S. athletic associations and teams can create policies that welcome all children, including transgender children. This document specifically addresses policies appropriate for transgender children prior to adolescence.
Newly revised in 2017 with the support of Sport Canada and in partnership with AthletesCAN and the Coaching Association of Canada, this CAAWS’ resource is a practical resource for coaches and other sport leaders to create welcoming, inclusive teams. This second edition still reflects the voices of Canadian LGBTQ and cisgender athletes and coaches, but now includes the Canadian results of the international Out on the Fields Study on Homophobia in Sport (2015), as well as the recent guidance to sport organizations on creating inclusive environments for trans identities released by the...
This toolkit includes: Physical Literacy Consensus Statement Physical Literacy Infographic Physical Literacy Key Messages Shareable Social Content The development of these tools was made possible, in part, with support from the RBC Learn to Play Project, an initiative funded by RBC and the Public Health Agency of Canada, and with the input and support from the following organizations: Active for Life, Sport for Life, Coaches Association of Canada, and ViaSport.
Physical literacy assessment key messages that align with the 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum and related Ontario policies.  Developed by Ophea and the Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Education (OASPHE), the Ontario subject associations for Health and Physical Education, and supported by PARC in the content review as well as support production and dissemination to create awareness provincially of this evidence-informed piece.
Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks—is essential for healthy child development. The authors (various) recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings—at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.
The Nature Playbook is a strategy to connect young people with Nature in Canada. It is meant to guide and inspire actions that all Canadians can take to connect a new generation with Nature. The Playbook was developed by an intergenerational working group from all across Canada. Today, this group and Canadian Parks Council work with a growing network of partners—including individuals, government, and NGOs.
York Region Public Health has recently released a short physical literacy video and a social media campaign targeting parents and adult caregivers of children and youth. The video and campaign highlight the importance of children and youth becoming physically literate. Links to additional Physical Literacy resources are also included.
These US-based resources provide strategies and guidelines for the elementary school recess time. Strategies for Recess in Schools —Evidence-based strategies for planning and providing recess in schools to increase physical activity participation and improve academic achievement (e.g., performance, behaviorattention). Recess Planning in Schools —Helps schools put the Strategies for Recess in Schools into practice when developing a written school recess plan. Recess Planning Template —Provides a customizable template for schools to use when developing their school...
The purpose of this guide is to provide your agency with real-life examples, best practices and steps to help you implement a wellness policy and create sustainable changes at your site. A wellness policy is a written document made up of several policies and language that outline an agency’s dedication to children’s health and wellness. Some programs use policies to define the types of foods that can or can’t be consumed on premises, while others may set the requirement for minimum number of physical activity minutes during program hours. Many policies also focus on staff wellness to...
Adults and children talking to each other during mealtimes has been shown to improve children’s health and learning at school. This tip sheet provides tips for dinner conversations, and sample conversation starters.
This tool explains how to choose foods and beverages that fit the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education’s nutrition standards for Saskatchewan Schools found within Nourishing Minds: Towards Comprehensive School Community Health: Nutrition Policy Development in Saskatchewan Schools. Use this tool to help select foods and beverages to be served or sold in schools.
Ten Trans Canada Trail Lesson Plans include detailed outlines for teachers, along with handouts for students. All lessons allow Junior division students to meet Ontario Ministry of Education expectations in a variety of subjects—Science, social studies, language arts, visual arts, and physical education. Not all lessons call for a field trip, but all connect in some way to the Trail; many combine classroom activity with Trail activity. Planning tips are also provided.
While the benefits of physical activity are numerous, the knowledge of how to provide opportunities for all children to experience the joy of movement is not as widespread. This hands-on workshop teaches methods for creating inclusive physical activity opportunities for every ability level and provides strategies on how to create games for children with varying physical capabilities. Presentation from the 2016 Alberta Youth Development Through Recreation Services (YDRS) Symposium
Saskatchewan in motion's Active Toy Guide features a variety of toys, for all age groups to get more kids, more active, more often. Categories include Active Stocking Stuffers, Active Classics, Active Toys, Active Electronic Toys, Active Outdoor Toys, as well as links to help your kids get the recommended daily physical activity.
The After School for All! guide presents key features that contribute to successful after school programs. It highlights strategies tailored to recruit and engage children facing the greatest barriers to sport and arts participation. These barriers may be related to socio-economic, geographical, cultural, social, or emotional factors. The purpose is to share what has been learned through BC's After School Sport and Arts Initiative (ASSAI) over the past several years about designing and delivering programs that remove barriers and promote participation for all.
The Kids’ Run Club, brought to you by Ontario Doctors, is a free downloadable program that supports children and youth (Grades 1-12) to get active, have fun – and run! The Kids’ Run Club is for all abilities - prior running experience is not required of coaches or students. Easy-to-use materials, including a Coach’s Guide and Participant’s Guide, provide information to lead a successful run club that builds skills and supports students in setting and fulfilling goals, including participating in a fun run. To help motivate and encourage students, the program includes swag items to give out as...
This report compares, for the first time, the grades from the ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, to grades from 37 other countries across six continents. The consolidated findings show Canada has above-globalaverage grades in physical activity infrastructure and programs, yet is trailing at the back of the pack in grades that measure physical activity and sedentary behaviour. The comparisons also reveal kids move the most in countries where being active is a priority or is an integral part of their everyday lifestyle. “Urbanization, mechanization and an...