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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.
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.
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.