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This site includes various nutrition printables, such as food group lists, healthy food colouring page, matching foods to where they grow, healthy snacking tips, and more.
This infographic looks at the nutrition and benefits of not only nuts, but of nut butters, and seeds, too.
This site includes various community and family action guides relating to kids' safety, including playground safety, rollerblading, swimming, ice skating, skateboarding, and head injury prevention guidelines, as well as presentation guidelines for practitioners wishing to present these guidelines.
The US National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), through its National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI) has identified 12 of the leading causes of injury on playgrounds. By familiarizing yourself with the ‘Dirty Dozen Checklist', you can inspect your local playground for safety hazards.
The one-page flowchart looks at how to make healthier food choices—try to eat more GO foods than SLOW foods, and eat WHOA foods in very small amounts. The presentation guide can be used to help teachers, parents, and students learn about the CATCH program's GO, SLOW, WHOA stoplight system for categorizing foods.
This guide presents a range of easy-to-implement “Brain Breaks”- short activity dynamics that can be implemented by the teacher in the classroom setting. The guide is structured in two sections: General Brain Breaks that can be applied across classes and academic topic areas during any part of the day; and Academic-specific Brain Breaks that directly correlate to subjects. Many of the activities could easily be adapted to the after school setting.
The Peer-Led games process of Active Play Active Learning is a way to teach students leadership skills as well as social and emotional skills while they engage in physically active games. The document includes 10 games, with guides. The goals are to:  Establish a fun environment that encourages students to be physically active. Promote leadership among students through the formation of leadership teams with defined roles and responsibilities. Promote social cohesion among all students. Encourage students to resolve conflicts on their own with minimal interference from adults....
This report collects in one place the best opportunities for stakeholders – from sport leaders to mayors, parents to policymakers – to work together to grow access to an early, positive sport experience for kids. It identifies eight promising strategies that stakeholders can use to help every child become physically active through sports. Each strategy includes four components: CHALLENGE; THE PLAY; IDEAS - Ways in which sectors and groups could support the solution; FINDING SUCCESS. Online pdf free. Hard copies may be ordered.
The Designed to Move report provides a complete physical activity Playbook, including research, case study examples, and the benefits of creating a more active generation.
This article discusses what parents should look for in an after-school program. It looks at the different types of child care, and points to look for in terms of nutrition, facility set-up and activities, health and safety, staffing, etc.
There’s a tasty snack for every letter of the alphabet, and each recipe includes tips for supporting the five important pre-reading skills: print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, listening comprehension, and motivation to read. The full snack book can be downloaded free and many snacks include ideas for variations.
JiggiJump combines spectacular music with fantasy adventures to inspire children to get physically active!  Ideally, use these videos to learn the moves yourself and then play the CD while you lead the class in the actions yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable, have a student in your class or an older student from the school lead the group.  Who can lead JiggiJump Adventures? Almost anyone! Use these videos and/or the JiggiJump CDs and Leaders Guide to help you. Any not-for-profit organization in Canada can freely use these adventures to get kids moving as part of their...
This site included recipes for meals and snacks for kids, including for kids with cystic fibrosis, diabetes, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, as well as vegetarian recipes.
A site with games, activities on health, physical activity, and more, for kids 2-5, and 6-11. Includes printable as well as online activities.
In the spring of 2015, the YMCA commissioned a research study with parents raising children between the ages of 6 –12. The theme of the report focused on the importance of parents as role models and their confidence in promoting healthy development and activity levels. A total of 1,760 interviews were conducted online in French and English across Canada.
The purpose of this tool kit is to support licensed residential service providers in meeting the nutritional needs of children and youth (aged 3 to 18) in their care. This tool kit will assist licensed residential service providers in meeting Ministry requirements and policies concerning food and nutrition. This easy-to-use tool kit includes basic food and nutrition information, tips and suggestions, as well as links to more information. Nutrition basics are based on Health Canada’s revised Food Guides: Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide (2007) and Eating Well with Canada’s...
Need some up-to-date healthy eating resources to share with your clients, students or colleagues? Looking for speaking points and presentations for an upcoming workshop or conference? These resources can be easily downloaded, customised and printed. Topics include healthy eating, Canada's Food Guide, sodium reduction, and using the Nutrition Facts table. Includes downloadable activity sheets, colouring sheets, posters, and more.
The goal of the Joint Use Summer Access Program is to help emerging Aboriginal, immigrant, refugee, low-income and special-needs groups access school space in summer to deliver academic, cultural, language, recreational and leadership programs. The Joint Use SummerAccess Program is a unique partnership and a collaborative approach to affecting a positive change in Edmonton Communities. Moreover, the program is characterized by partnerships and cooperation at every level. The program arose out of the Joint Use partnership between the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton...
The Joint Use Agreement (JUA) Annual Report is intended for Edmonton City Council, the Boards of Trustees of the three school districts, senior management, government officials and the general public. This report covers the period from July 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015. It describes the activities and accomplishments of the Joint Use Agreements, highlights school/park site status changes, provides statistical information on the shared use of facilities and identifies priorities for 2015/2016. Edmonton has two Joint Use Agreements, one for Land and one for Facilities.
This report provides a summary of the findings from a comprehensive four-year evaluation of Calgary AfterSchool (CAS), an initiative of The City of Calgary and UpStart (an initiative of the United Way of Calgary). The Development of a city-wide network of high-quality after-school programming for children and youth was a groundbreaking approach.  CAS provides a variety of high-quality, supervised, and fun activities for children and youth aged 6 to 16 years between 3p.m. and 6p.m. on school days. CAS programs are provided by The City of Calgary, ...

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