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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.
This resource manual provides information and materials on nutrition programs and activities from across the country for running nutrition programs, and for providing children and youth with the tools to make more informed choices for their own health.
The ParticipACTION Report Card (formerly the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card) provides a comprehensive assessment of the current status of physical activity for children and youth in Canada. For the first time, the Report Card takes a stand on play in nature and the outdoors—with its risks—and includes a Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play. The statement was developed by the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (HALO-CHEO), ParticipACTION and a group of 12 other organizations, and was...
The Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program works to acknowledge the great work that some Ontario communities are doing in ensuring their youth (ages 13-19) have continuous access to a diversity of 'play' (play being anything a young person does in his/her free time which could include: sport, recreation, drama, dance, music, the arts, volunteerism, leadership development, service leadership and/or civic engagement). This is a community application so work to get youth, service partners and the general public involved with the application process! These groups can help provide...
Two targeted Gender Equity Assessment Tools are available to help community sport and physical activity providers, as well as sport clubs and provincial/territorial sport organizations, take action to actively engage women and girls as participants and leaders throughout their organization. The Assessment Tools were developed as part of a CAAWS project funded by the Government of Ontario in 2013-2015. The project builds on the CAAWS publication “Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors”, developed as a supplement to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L)...
These stories of successful After School programs were collected as part of an After School project based on current research, best practices, and the advice of a Nova Scotia Advisory Committee, a group comprised of representatives from after school program providers and funders in NS. See also the following reports from this project:1. Physical activity guidelines for after school programs in Nova Scotia2. A Guide to Objectively Measuring Physical Activity in Afterschool Programs THE STORIES1. Bubble Soccer Hour Program2. B.U.I.L.D Program: Build Up Integral Life Decisions3...
This free toolkit is a set of resources for people to confront bullying of children with special needs from all angles - from talking to your children to knowing your rights to teaching tolerance in schools. Start by reading the Top Ten Facts to know about bullying and children with special needs, and then learn about the unique challenges children with special needs face when encountering bullying.  Follow the links for Parents, Educators, and Students.
These guidelines are a resource to help: After school program providers ensure children and youth obtain a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity during each day of the program. Community, regional and provincial planning to expand the number of children and youth with access to after school programs which provide physical activity. The target audience for the guidelines is after school program providers and front-line leaders in sectors such as youth development, parks and recreation services, education, and health. The guidelines may also be useful to funding...
Graham Clyne is the Executive Director of the Peel Children and Youth Initiative and outlines the work they have led over the last two years as part of their “Peel’s Kids Participate: A Recreation and After School Strategy 2013-2018”. Graham shares their findings on recreation and after school programming from the significant research undertaken to support the strategy including a study of parents and their use of services, and the “Voices” report that looks at the actual interests and activities of youth during out of school time. The presentation includes an update on the progress made so...
Co-Presenters: Ayasha Mayr Handel, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, and Diane English, Parks and Recreation Ontario This session reviews two provincial initiatives introduced in the past year that may influence how communities serve children and youth. First, it focuses on Stepping Up, an evidence-based framework for youth initiatives that local governments have begun to incorporate into planning. It also examines the community response and looks at how the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services is supporting these municipalities. Next, it reviews relevant sections...
This session examines the need for emotional safety in children’s programs with a focus on two critical reasons why children do not engage and why children facing these issues are a ticking time bomb.  Participants learn how to foster positive mental health, rules and barriers to engagement and ways to communicate with parents and children. A presentation of the 2015 Parks and Recreation Ontario ONference After School Knowledge Exchange 
This session explores the best practices gathered over 100 years for working with youth including successes, transitioning with the times and community building initiatives through the 'think global, act local delivery model’. Presentation of the 2015 Parks and Recreation Ontario ONference After School Knowledge Exchange
What are the goals of your after school program and how can you turn the outcomes you achieve into language which funders want – and need – to hear?  This session features a new online resource for programmers developed by Parks and Recreation Ontario and the Leisure Information Network that will facilitate the development of a sound program plan and then an aligned evaluation plan to gather formative, process and outcome data related to your program. A presentation from the 2015 Parks and Recreation Ontario ONference After School Knowledge Exchange
Webinar recording, 1.5 hours. This webinar focuses on physical activity, policy and the childcare setting. Participants will learn about: Key concepts in physical activity; The importance of policies in childcare settings including a summary of best practices and policy recommendations; and Resources to put these concepts into practice including toolkits and policy documents, highlighting the Eastern Ontario Health Unit Physical Activity Environment Self-assessment and Planning Toolkit for Childcare Settings as well as hands on physical activity programming ideas. Presenters Mary...
Level Up is a free online resource that supports educators and program leaders in promoting positive mental health and overall well-being with children and youth ages 6-18. By using a proactive approach to create a supportive environment, Level Up addresses healthy living through a variety of sensitive topics related to substance use, and healthy eating. Level Up includes easy-to-use activity cards that are linked to the Health and Physical Education (H...

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