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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 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 the spring of 2015, the YMCA commissioned a research study with parents raising children between the ages of 6 –12. The theme of the report focused on the importance of parents as role models and their confidence in promoting healthy development and activity levels. A total of 1,760 interviews were conducted online in French and English across Canada.
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.
How to eat, how to play, how to find your healthy and happy. These ‘How-to’ tip sheets from the Hospital for Sick Children's Healthy and Happy program are designed to inspire you to help change behaviours and get active. Healthy isn’t just about getting exercise or eating well; it’s also a state of mind. They more you know, the healthier our kids will be. These tips and facts are easy to print and post on your fridge. Share them with your friends and family.
This guide looks at: Observing children and youth’s mental health; Mental health promotion; and, What does a quality, active after school program look like? Fostering positive mental health in children is an important aspect to leading quality of life. More than 800,000 children between the ages of four and 17 years of age experience a mental health condition, and most never receive formal treatment. Early prevention and intervention efforts can ensure parents/caregivers can seek and obtain the help their child needs. Physical activity offers important opportunities to positively...
This article looks at: Quality, active after school programs; and, Quality, active after school programs, with a focus on how these apply to children with a disability.Fostering positive mental health in children is an important aspect to leading quality of life. More than 800,000 children between the ages of four and 17 years of age experience a  mental health condition, and most never receive formal treatment. Early prevention and  intervention efforts can ensure parents/caregivers can seek and obtain the help their child needs. These issues could appear/be witnessed in any child...
Author: Caleb Leduc / Dr Michel Larivière
Healthy Minds in Active Bodies is a resource for supervisors of after school programs that are being delivered to children and youth of all ages. It has been developed by the Canadian Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), as part of the Canadian Active After School Partnership (CAASP), and aims to foster positive mental health in children and youth through participation in quality, active after school programs.This resource provides information regarding the links between participation in quality, active after school programs and children and youth’s mental health...
This article looks at: Quality, active after school programs; and, Quality, active after school programs, with a focus on how these apply to children with a disability. Fostering positive mental health in children is an important aspect to leading quality of life. More than 800,000 children between the ages of four and 17 years of age experience a  mental health condition, and most never receive formal treatment. Early prevention and  intervention efforts can ensure parents/caregivers can seek and obtain the help their child needs. These issues could appear/be witnessed in any...
Healthy Minds in Active Bodies is a resource for supervisors of after school programs that are being delivered to children and youth of all ages. It has been developed by the Canadian Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), as part of the Canadian Active After School Partnership (CAASP), and aims to foster positive mental health in children and youth through participation in quality, active after school programs. This resource provides information regarding the links between participation in quality, active after school programs and children and youth’s mental health,...
Over half of preschool aged children in Alberta spend time in a child care setting. Child care settings can have a big impact on children’s eating habits - what they eat, when they eat, why they eat, and how they eat.  Healthy Eating Starts Here is committed to help child cares create healthy eating environments, where healthy food is offered in ways that promote healthy growth, positive views toward food and healthy eating habits for life. Menu Planning Recipes Food Allergies Staff Training Child Care Policy Healthy Eating Resources 
Useful Health Tips for after-school practitioners from the PEI GoPlay After School program.

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