This Wellspring article looks at the 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, which introduces the important inter-relationships among physical activity, sedentary behaviours and sleep, and for the first time, assigns a grade to sleep. The article looks at What's New, Guidelines, summarizes results, and looks at Recommendations and tools ParticipAction provides.
Find policies, procedural manuals and useful resources on topics including: Safety, Staffing, Inclusion, and more. Have great resources to share? Let us know!
Rainbow Fun is a physical activity and healthy eating program for children 3-6 years. It includes information and interactive activities for child care providers, educators and parents on: Physical Activity; Healthy Eating; Self Esteem; and Involving Parents.
The activities provided in this guide include warm-ups, moderate to vigorous physical activity for limited spaces and outdoors, cool-downs, stretches and other fun ideas. These activities can be used throughout the year. Activities should be adapted for different age groups and suggestions are provided throughout the guide. Repetition of a physical activity five or six times during the course of a month, for example, will allow children to become familiar with the activity, and reduces the time required for instruction in the activity. As a result, children have more time to be physically...
These checklists provide questions to ask coaches, schools, and individuals to ensure that a child has a quality sport experience. The score measures how well the program is developing physical literacy.
Video library with over 30 short video clips demonstrating different fundamental movement skills in action featuring children as well as adults, to help assist teachers and parents teach skills like throwing, dodging, hopping, and skipping.
2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Are Canadian children too tired to move?
The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Are Canadian kids too tired to move? reveals sedentary lifestyles are connected to a creeping ‘sleepidemic’ among Canadian children and youth. Which is why for the first time, it assigns a grade to sleep and includes the new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. The ParticipACTION Report Card is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. The Report Card synthesizes data from multiple sources, including the best available peer-reviewed...
Physical activity in the early years (0–5 years) is an important time for children to develop both physically and mentally. Developing physical literacy in the early years should be child-centered and most importantly, fun. This article highlights the importance of physical literacy and introduces the Calgary Be Fit For Life resources to support parents and childcare workers develop physical literacy in young children.
This US-based report looks at Quality Improvement Systems in afterschool programming and includes a number of case studies. A quality improvement system (QIS1) is an intentional effort to raise the quality of afterschool programming in an ongoing, organized fashion. The main reasons community leaders are drawn to improving quality is that they know that 1) higher quality programs will mean better experiences for kids and 2) quality is uneven across and even within afterschool programs. Identifying quality as a priority is an important first step, but addressing it in a systemic way is...
Having consulted with over 100 WHO Member States and reviewed nearly 180 online comments (see Annex 1), the Commission has developed a set of recommendations to successfully tackle childhood and adolescent obesity in different contexts around the world. The Commission has developed a comprehensive, integrated package of recommendations to address childhood obesity. It calls for governments to take leadership and for all stakeholders to recognize their moral responsibility in acting on behalf of the child to reduce the risk of obesity. The recommendations are presented under the following...
This site includes numerous resources including a Community Toolkit (for purchase) containing all the resources and tools needed to roll out a successful Parachute Safe Kids Week in your community. Use the toolkit to help organize activities and events around child safety At Home, At Play and On the Road. Other resources include posters, media templates, banners, safety information such as for concussions, cycling, water safety, playground safety and more, research and evidence summary reports, and much more.
The Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division), Evergreen and Ophea have collaborated to provide easy to understand information and free tools that support schools in fostering sun safety. Learning about sun safety and how to enjoy the outdoors in a healthy and safe way is an essential part of every child’s education. Resources include a policy guide, checklist, info sheets, poster, and more.
The MindMasters series are mental health promotion resources that help children to master emotional regulation through relaxation, positive thinking and mindfulness based techniques. These skills may be incorporated into existing children's services, such as therapeutic, educational and recreational services or used by parents at home. MindMasters 2 introduces children to these skills in fun and age-appropriate ways. Our goal is that with practice, children are able to use these skills on their own, in a variety of settings throughout their lifetime. Also available as a free app...
The BOSTON SCHOOLYARD INITIATIVE (BSI) was established in 1995 as a public-private partnership to transform the city’s schoolyards into dynamic centers for recreation, learning and community life. Eighteen years later, through a combined investment of $20 million, BSI has renovated 88 schoolyards and installed over 30 outdoor classrooms at schools across the district. This guide is designed to help you understand how to best use and steward your outdoor classroom. In the Nature Is a Powerful Teacher: The Educational Value of Going Outside Atlantic Monthly article, writer Julia Ryan shares...
According to a new working paper published by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, after-school clubs stood out among a wide range of out of school activities as having positive benefits for young children, making the case for ongoing investment in these clubs as a way to help close the education gap.
Online webinar, 53 minutes: This webinar, delivered by Jocelyn Jarvis from Public Health Ontario (PHO), explores current evidence surrounding active play from the Public Health Ontario evidence brief Promoting active play for children 0-12: A review of community-based interventions. A specific focus is on types of interventions that were found to be effective in certain child populations. How to incorporate active play evidence when developing community-based interventions is also discussed. This webinar was presented on March 16th, 2016.
In a world where children are sedentary, over-scheduled, and less likely to play outside, Active for Life helps parents raise physically literate kids. At activeforlife.com, parents, educators, and coaches will find fun activities, engaging articles, and free resources to get kids active, healthy and happy.
LET THEM PLAY: Lessons in After School Prog Quality / How Physical Activity Develops in Children / Girls Programs Worth It / Trailblazing Outdoor Play
Let Them Play - Lessons in After School Program Quality Through the RBC Learn to Play Project in Kings County Nova Scotia, is part of a year-long Leadership Project undertaken by the Kings County Recreation Group, with funding support from RBC, the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, the Province of Nova Scotia, Sport Nova Scotia and the Municipality of the County of Kings. The project uncovered insights on how to structure a successful after school program and on the types of programs that work well for engaging children in physical activity, and provides recommendations for funding and...
Video for parents explaining how physical literacy helps children to develop basic movement skills and promote brain development.
This US-based report looks at the importance of afterschool programs for rural populations, noting Five W’s of Afterschool in Rural Communities, Barriers to Afterschool Program Participation in Rural Communities - Affordability, Availability, Accessibility - various Promising Practices, and Recommendations.
This resource describes and summarizes research related to the Development of Physical Literacy and to the Action (Benefits) of Physical Literacy.