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These guidelines are relevant to apparently healthy children and youth (aged 5–17 years) irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, or the socio-economic status of the family. Children and youth are encouraged to live an active lifestyle with a daily balance of sleep, sedentary behaviours, and physical activities that supports their healthy development. Children and youth should practice healthy sleep hygiene (habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well), limit sedentary behaviours (especially screen time), and participate in a range of physical activities in a variety of...
Physical literacy movement preparation is movement that focuses on incorporating and improving fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills into activity. It prepares the body for movement and enhances the way you move for short-term and long-term benefits. Tools include: Physical Literacy Movement Preparation Guide Physical Literacy Movement Preparation (7-8) Physical Literacy Movement Preparation (9-10) Physical Literacy Movement Preparation (11+)
Children in Sport is a program designed to ensure that children receive the most positive experience possible from sport. The focus of this program is on learning the fundamental skills before entering into more competitive sports and on providing an opportunity for children to have positive life-long experiences in sport. The focus is on process, not outcome. This program has a variety of resource materials including: A Resource Guide for Parents An Orientation Guide for Sport Leaders A Resource Manual for Sport Leaders Children in Sport Video Children in Sport Advertisements...
Educators play an important role in establishing physical literacy among students. The interactive wheel outlines the nine principles of physical literacy based upon the acronym EDUCATION, and are consistent with a Quality Daily Physical Education program which is a key element of success. They also form a foundation to create a positive learning environment which supports students in becoming physically literate. Each interactive principle includes more information and a video.
What is the connection between physical education, physical literacy and community sport participation? And what role can teachers, school administrators, school boards, and parents play in supporting physical literacy? PHE Canada has produced a video exploring these issues and illustrating the importance of physical literacy in children. Produced with the financial support of Sport Canada, this video provides an introduction to the concept of physical literacy, how it is nurtured in and out of the school setting, and how it plays a role in supporting lifelong healthy living.
The Playworks website includes a blog with great ideas for games and activities for home, school, playground. For example, check out Games of the Month, Tips for Making Games Inclusive,  20+ Games for Kids This Summer, which has five fun park activities, eight games to play on the bus, car, or plane, six small group waiting games, and seven games to add water to your play! The Playworks Playbook includes Playground stories, and the Games Library, a searchable database of games and activites for kids and adults of all ages. Check out more resources, strategies, tips, etc., on...
The Family ACTIVation Pack is a fun packed resource to help parents/carers of 5 to 12 year olds get active with their children. It's full of quick and easy games to play at home, in the park or wherever....Games that reinforce the fundamental movement skills like throwing, catching, hopping and skipping....the same movement skills being learnt at school.
An interview with Dr. Dean Kriellaars, an exercise physiologist from the University of Manitoba, about getting young people to add movement to their lives. Part One: 14.5 minutes. Part Two: 7 minutes.
This Starter Kit includes a wide range of fundamental movement skills. Have fun as a family using the equipment and games provided. Make up your own games, or just play freely with the items! The skills emphasized in the kit include: jumping, throwing, catching, kicking, hitting, and balancing.
The Sport for Life-RBC Learn to Play webinar series includes the webinar link to the recording, and a slide deck available below the link for past webinar, and links to register for upcoming webinars.
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.
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.
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.