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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.
YouTube video, 3 minutes. Teachers can use this video in class daily. Note: this video is in French, but the actions are easy to follow and self-explanatory.
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 2014, 2015, and 2016, the YMCA commissioned a research study with parents raising children between the ages of 6 –12. Key findings are under the Read the Report link.
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 main purpose of these Healthy Living Guidelines is to provide Island early learning and child care centres with effective direction, meaningful advice, and where appropriate, specific instructions on how to create the healthiest and safest environments possible for children. Importantly, successful implementation requires that the Healthy Living Guidelines be modeled by both early childhood educators, staff and parents. The guidelines look at healthy eating, physical activity and play, tobacco-free facilities, injury prevention and sun safety, and guidelines for promoting positive mental...
These ready-made teaching units are for educators, caregivers, and program leaders who want to deliver a logical series of physical literacy lessons to children in their care. Simply find the age group for your children below, and then select the setting where you will deliver the lesson plan unit—school, after-school, summer camp, or preschool. Lessons are in three age groups: Ages 3-5, 5-8, and 8-12
This Breakfast for Learning's exclusive, back-to-school Before the Bell booklet features five, kid-friendly breakfast recipes from BFL funded nutrition programs. Every recipe is dietitian-approved, loaded with healthy ingredients and easily made into batches for nutritious breakfasts all week long.
Trailblazers is a free, all-outdoors after school program offered by the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg to grades 4-7 students who live in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. The goals of the Trailblazers program are to increase physical activity levels in the after school period, develop participants’ outdoor and leadership skills, and foster a stronger connection with the natural world. Trailblazers has been a huge hit in the community, and serves as a great example of the benefits of outdoor play for children that was recently promoted in the 2015 ParticipAction Report. In this...
This brochure looks at why snacks are important, creative snack ideas, food groups, "sometimes" foods, safety issues and more.
Adventures in Cooking is a program for leaders who work with kids aged 8-12. It is a comprehensive 10-lesson program designed to pass on the basic skills of preparing food, while filling hungry tummies with healthy meals and reinforcing the importance of healthy eating. The recipes included in the Adventures in Cooking program are easy to follow, use economical ingredients and focus on vegetables and fruit.
The study, with 208 8-11 year-old children occurred during lunchtime on 5 consecutive days at two locations. After selecting their lunch, children were individually offered their usual opportunity to take 1 or both of the last items: an apple and/or cookie.  On the first day, all students were offered unlabeled apples and cookies along with their regular school lunches, which served as the study's baseline. Three interventions were provided over the next 3 days: Unbranded apple and a cookie with an Elmo sticker; Apple with an Elmo sticker and an unbranded cookie; Apple with a...
Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus Statement was released at the International Physical Literacy Conference on June 13, 2015. The Consensus Statement, featuring a definition of Physical Literacy, was developed by a group of experts with input and support from over 1300 individuals interested and working in the area of physical literacy from across Canada. The purpose of the Statement is to: promote the value of physical literacy and preserve the integrity of the concept advocate for the use of a common definition of physical literacy, as defined by the International Physical Literacy...
Communities will unite across the Greater Golden Horseshoe region through celebrations of sport, arts and culture during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. To help you prepare for your own celebrations, this guide will be your 1-stop shop for the best food, music and party ideas from across the Americas as you plan your Games-themed occasion in your home, neighbourhood or workplace.
Ever wonder what successful and authentic youth engagement looks like in a Club?  The Promising Practices for Authentic Youth Engagement report paints a very clear picture! BGCC partnered with Taylor Newberry Consulting to conduct a youth-led research project about youth engagement at four Clubs. The findings were compiled into a report that unpacks what is required by Clubs to genuinely engage young people as told by youth themselves.

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