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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, tens of thousands of Canadians take action against shoreline litter by participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, an event jointly led by the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF.Since 2003, over 400,000 participants from coast to coast have removed nearly one million kilos of garbage from our shorelines. By participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, you can actually see the impact you’ve had over the course of a single day.
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.
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 report summarizes what the Premier’s Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group heard when they met with community members, stakeholders and other government ministries to learn how the government can deliver public services through local, community hubs. The report notes that: "Community hubs provide a central access point for a range of needed health and social services, along with cultural, recreational, and green spaces to nourish community life. A community hub can be a school, a neighbourhood centre, an early learning centre, a library, an elderly persons centre, a community health...