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Pathways for Play helps communities create networks of shared use pathways, infused with play pockets, and usable by all for healthy recreation and non-motorized transportation to connect meaningful destinations. It includes case studies, interactive activities for pathway play, and more.
Ophea’s free Concussion Identification, Management and Prevention for Ontario Schools e-Learning module was developed to increase awareness and understanding of concussion, and the method and strategies to be used for identification and appropriate management.  The module also includes strategies and resources to assist in the education of concussion prevention. This e-Learning module is intended for all school staff including educators, administrators and support staff. By the end of this e-Learning module participants will increase their awareness and knowledge of: Concussion (...
This resource offers advice to community organizations and partnerships on the necessary components of effective meetings. Most of the advice in this resource can be applied to virtual as well as in-person meetings.
This toolkit is meant to provide a quick and easy reference guide to facilitation using a handful of techniques, rather than a comprehensive review of how to facilitate groups effectively, or each of the techniques covered. The material is adapted from the information and examples presented in an HC Link blog series about various facilitation approaches and techniques, written by several HC Link staff. Thanks goes to Lisa Tolentino, Andrea Bodkin, Kim Hodgson, Gillian Kranias and Lorna McCue for sharing their wisdom and experience.
For purchase: BrainBlitz is a series of 25 bilingual activity cards that can be used for an active break during learning, as an opportunity to improve attention, or as part of a fun team-building activity. BrainBlitz activities can be led by children, youth, or adults, and enjoyed by everyone. Each activity can be completed within 5-15 minutes and are suitable for use in limited or large indoor and outdoor spaces, all with minimal or no equipment. The resource includes 5 activity cards for each of the following themes: meditation and relaxation, dance and rhythm, movement and...
This study multimethod study including over 500 elementary school children in Grades 2–5 explored the quality of afterschool experiences upon Positive Youth Development. In multilevel models, independently observed quality across time positively impacted competence, connection, caring for all youth, and cultural values for racial–ethnic minority youth. The study concludes that afterschool fosters PYD, including sociocultural dimensions, when comprised of appropriately structured, supportive, and engaging interactions. Study authors: Emilie Phillips Smith, Dawn P. Witherspoon,...
This evaluation provides strong evidence that street play can deliver meaningful health and social benefits at scale. The involvement of residents and the low impact of closures on other road users provides a strong basis for sustainability.
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.