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Two webinar recordings, each one hour, conducted by Drew Mitchell from Canadian Sport for Life. Overview: Brief overview of physical literacy Physical Literacy National Strategy – new initiative – early outcomes Physical Literacy Delivery and Promotion at the national, provincial and regional level Community Engagement examples from across Canada Opportunities – RBC Learn to Play grants Increasing Awareness & Knowledge Original webinar run on November 26, 2015, second on January 12, 2016. There are slight variations between the two seminars...
“The Food Dudes” nutrition education package was developed by a group of teachers, a nutritionist, and a school meal program attendant. It was initially designed to complement school meal programs, but is now used by many schools to teach nutrition education regardless of participation in school meal programs. The goals of the nutrition education package are: to teach children about food and nutrition thereby encouraging them to eat their lunches and try new foods to increase children’s knowledge and awareness of nutrition and to promote healthy food choices to encourage parental/...
Alternatives to TV and computer games, even on rainy days! Board games, free reading time, a physically active video game like “Dance Dance Revolution” or other fitness games, a scavenger hunt either inside or outside, and more.
Food & Fun After School (© President and Fellows of Harvard College and YMCA of the USA) is a curriculum designed to develop healthy habits out of school time. Eleven teaching units help programs infuse healthy snacks and recipes, physically active games, and creative learning activities into regular program schedules. Curriculum materials are available free of charge. The Food...
The experiences and perceptions of children’s active free play has changed over the generations. This Wellspring article describes finds from inter-generational interviews and provides some suggestions on how to facilitate active free play today.
This Evidence Brief asks: What types of community-based interventions are being implemented to promote active play in children and youth aged 0 to 12, and are they effective?
The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity (TCPA) is an international charter that was developed by 55 countries and launched out of the City of Toronto in 2010. It is an influential guiding document that “is a call for action and an advocacy tool to create sustainable opportunities for physically active lifestyles for all.” The Charter was designed to help organizations and individuals work with decision-makers across a variety of sectors to promote physical activity in their communities. The toolkit, created by the Healthy Communities Partnership in Middlesex-London, provides...
Panel Presenters: Jennifer Telfer, Barb Longair, Lisa Weekes, and Megan McKinlay Presentations: Physical Literacy Innovations in Alberta: Be Fit For Life looks at collaborative training opportunities that have resulted from the regional Physical Literacy and You groups. It focuses on how these collaborative opportunities have led to many positive benefits. Inclusive Pathways to Physical Literacy looks at the key learnings from the community consultations and action planning process from the City of Calgary’s Learn to Play grant project “Pathways to Physical Literacy for children with...
Presenters: Elizabeth A. Halpenny and Therese Salenekis Documenting children’s engagement in structured and unstructured activities especially in outdoor environments and identifying the factors that shape this engagement can assist out-of-school programs and governments to advance policy and practice changes that may result in more rapid achievement of positive development and health outcomes for children. Presentation from the 2015 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Energize Workshop
The Canadian Injury Prevention Resource is the result of the vision and collaboration of the Canadian Collaborating Centres on Injury Prevention (CCCIP) network and its members, and is made possible by the valuable support and financial resources of the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Canadian Injury Prevention Resource (CIPR) is a comprehensive, timely, and evidence-based overview of injury prevention in Canada. The Resource has over 500 pages of content from over 60 contributing authors reflecting the Canadian experience around injury prevention, and aims to provide both individuals...
This list of gluten free snack ideas includes a printable list.
This site provides links to recipes, including snacks, for parents, kids, and teens, in various categories: What's 4 Lunch? (Kids) Recipes for Teens Recipes for Kids/Teens With Cystic Fibrosis Recipes for Kids/Teens With Diabetes Vegetarian Recipes (Kids and Teens) Recipes for Kids/Teens With Lactose Intolerance Recipes for Kids/Teens With Celiac Disease Recipes for Weight Management (Teens) Cooking Basics (Teens)
This U.S.-based report represents a digest of the latest thinking on how to build and sustain an afterschool system, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for this promising field. The critical elements, according to the report, are strong leadership, central coordination, effective use of data and a comprehensive approach to quality.
Use this to help choose healthy drinks for children. Drinks are listed with graphics in the categories of GO for drinks to choose most often, YIELD  for drinks to choose sometimes, and STOP for drinks to choose least often.
Learn safety tips for all food types. Also find information to protect those who are vulnerable to food poisoning, including facts on food allergies and recalls
Use this to help you choose snacks for children 4 years and older. Snacks are listed with graphics in the categories of GO for foods to eat every day, YIELD for snacks some days, and STOP for snacks to choose less often.
This handout provides healthy snacking tips, information about healthy foods from Canada's four food groups, and various simple and healthy snack recipes.
These nutrition topics can be copied and pasted into your school or parent newsletter to keep your school community informed about nutrition. Or you can use the PDF document as an information sheet. Topics range from allergy awareness information to nutrition labels, healthy portions, healthy after school snacking, and much more.
Every year, Canadians take action against shoreline litter by participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, which focuses on educating and empowering people to make a difference through community cleanup events. From coastal beaches to inland riverbanks and lakeshores, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is more than just a fun and easy way for students and youth to make a difference in their local community; it’s also an incredible educational opportunity. Curriculum Guides for each province and territory will help educators extend the educational benefits of the...
This mini-lesson and game teaches the message that it’s important to eat from the rainbow every day. The different colors of fruits and veggies have different nutrients, and we need all of them to grow, be healthy, and strong.

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