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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...
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.
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 
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...
This HC Link webinar was the third of a series of three that focused on the recommendations of the Healthy Kids Panel, which was convened to recommend strategies for keeping more kids at healthy weights. This webinar is a brief summary of report recommendations on coordinating an all-of-society approach to create healthy communities and reduce or eliminate the broader social and health disparities that affect children's health and weight. PARC/Ophea participates as one of four panel members who describe some of the capacity-building initiatives currently being implemented. Follow the links...
Each of these posters /executive summaries (in both English and French) provides a succinct interpretation of the issues related to the lack of physical activity for Canada's children as reported in the Active Healthy Kids Canada 2014 report card: Is Canada in the Running? How Canada Stacks Up Against 14 Other Countries on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Intended for five specific audiences, each one summarizes the benefits of physical activity, and provides specific facts and actionable items that can help to improve children's physical activity. Move It! / Bougez!! -...
The SUPPORTIVE MINDS online tool provides guidance to parents who may be concerned about their children's behaviour and mental health. It is not a diagnostic tool but provides helpful evidence-based coping strategies to improve their quality of life and advice on when to seek the opinion of a doctor for a diagnosis. The tool is designed to direct you to resources and coping strategies that are recommended by Healthy Minds Canada’s team of professional contributors to its When Something’s Wrong resource handbook as well as suggestions shared by other parents and...
The games, activities and this classroom guide have been developed to address the challenge: "How to make vegetables a fun and engaging topic for school children and their teachers". The games and activities have been created for school children in Grades 3, 4, and 5 to teach them about the nutritional value of vegetables, stressing the importance of having an adequate number of servings as well as a variety of vegetable types.
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,...
This information has been gathered from external sources to provide information to Ontarians about concussions. This includes information on how to prevent concussions; identify when they occur; and manage and treat them properly. The SCAT3 is a standardized tool for evaluating injured athletes for concussion and can be used in athletes aged from 13 years and older. it supersedes the original SCAT and the SCAT2 published in 2005 and 2009, respectively. The SCAT3 is a screening evaluation tool designed for use only by qualified first responders or medical professionals. The SCAT3 score does...
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.
The package is intended for program facilitators and/or volunteers and includes physical activities that incorporate education around healthy eating. The activities are geared towards youth aged 9-15 and can be modified for facilities with limited space. Included with each activity is the educational outcome for the activity, the fundamental movement skills involved in the activity as well as modifications for youth with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. The package includes most of the materials needed for each activity (except for equipment such as benches, hula loops, pylons, etc.)...

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