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This toolkit is meant to provide a quick and easy reference guide to facilitation using a handful of techniques, rather than a comprehensive review of how to facilitate groups effectively, or each of the techniques covered. The material is adapted from the information and examples presented in an HC Link blog series about various facilitation approaches and techniques, written by several HC Link staff. Thanks goes to Lisa Tolentino, Andrea Bodkin, Kim Hodgson, Gillian Kranias and Lorna McCue for sharing their wisdom and experience.
This evaluation provides strong evidence that street play can deliver meaningful health and social benefits at scale. The involvement of residents and the low impact of closures on other road users provides a strong basis for sustainability.
Physical literacy assessment key messages that align with the 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum and related Ontario policies.  Developed by Ophea and the Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Education (OASPHE), the Ontario subject associations for Health and Physical Education, and supported by PARC in the content review as well as support production and dissemination to create awareness provincially of this evidence-informed piece.
The purpose of this guide is to provide your agency with real-life examples, best practices and steps to help you implement a wellness policy and create sustainable changes at your site. A wellness policy is a written document made up of several policies and language that outline an agency’s dedication to children’s health and wellness. Some programs use policies to define the types of foods that can or can’t be consumed on premises, while others may set the requirement for minimum number of physical activity minutes during program hours. Many policies also focus on staff wellness to...
This tool explains how to choose foods and beverages that fit the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education’s nutrition standards for Saskatchewan Schools found within Nourishing Minds: Towards Comprehensive School Community Health: Nutrition Policy Development in Saskatchewan Schools. Use this tool to help select foods and beverages to be served or sold in schools.
This rapid evidence review looks at how school ground greening, also referred to as naturalization, impacts the health of elementary school students, particularly from a play and physical activity perspective. Five themes emerged: Physical Activity Quality – Intensity and Duration; Diversity and Quality of Play; Age and Gender Variations; Interest, Ability and Inclusiveness; Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Literacy. Additional benefits were also captured and the report includes recommendations and resources for schools.
Rainbow Fun is a physical activity and healthy eating program for children 3-6 years. It includes information and interactive activities for child care providers, educators and parents on: Physical Activity; Healthy Eating; Self Esteem; and Involving Parents.
This session looks at in-person training developed by HIGH FIVE®, in collaboration with Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario, to help supervisors be more informed and prepared to support staff to promote positive mental health among children in your programs. It explores ways to start the conversation about mental health within your own organization by reflecting on your own state of mind and learning about key concepts and factors that affect children’s mental health. A presentation from the 2016 Parks and Recreation Ontario ONference After School Knowledge Exchange
This resource is designed for care providers and focuses on the development of fundamental motor skills and the facilitation of physical activity. The guide contains fun activities and opportunities for parents and caregivers to spend time playfully and productively with children.
Parents play a major role in supporting health behaviours and providing children opportunities for healthy, active living. In Canada, between 1979 and 2004, rates of obesity in children more than doubled. Physical activity, healthy eating, and reducing recreational screentime are important for promoting and maintaining healthy weights. Each of these infographics focuses on a specific child health behaviour: daily physical activity, screen time, and healthy eating. These infographics and graphics present results from a telephone survey of 3,206 parents living in Ontario, conducted...
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)
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.
This handout provides healthy snacking tips, information about healthy foods from Canada's four food groups, and various simple and healthy snack recipes.
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.
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.
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...
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...