This resource was developed by the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) to support public health professionals in using youth engagement as a strategy to promote young people’s health. It is also relevant for schools, community agencies, parents, and others who want to improve the lives, health, and well-being of young people. It focuses on youth in middle school (i.e., Grades 6 to 8, typically 11 to 14 years old), and can be adapted for older youth. The toolkit includes an introduction, an overview of strategies, an overview of the process and five phases in the process, and a...
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Bake It Up! includes over 20 recipes for healthier baked goods that comply with the Ministry of Education’s School Food and Beverage Policy. It can be used by parents, students, school councils, community volunteers and school staff for making baked goods to be sold in schools. Bake It Up! can also be promoted to staff, students and parents who wish to make healthier baked goods for school events or classroom celebrations, or to enjoy at home.
National Afterschool Association Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Out-Of-School Time Programs
These are the first-ever comprehensive national (US) nutrition and physical activity standards for out-of-school programs for children in grades K-12. The new guidelines are the latest tool in the fight against childhood obesity and a step in promoting healthy options for the more than 8 million children that participate in out-of-school programs at least three hours a day, according to statistics from the Healthy Out-of- School Time Coalition (HOST), comprised of leaders in out-of-school time care and health promotion.
More than 100 Indoor and Outdoor games and activities that present nutrition information in fun and engaging ways for children in K-Gr 6 about healthy eating. including adaptations. Adaptable for use in other settings with permission from Middlesex-London Health Unit. Available through the Middlesex-London Health Unit, Lori Felner, Health Promoter, (519) 663-5317 ext. 2671
Changing Lives, Saving Lives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Exemplary Practices in Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Food Security in Afterschool Programs
This guide is designed to help program directors, leadership team members, site directors and partners – in an intentional and systematic way – strengthen afterschool programs to help students develop healthy lifestyle habits. The six practices have been vetted with expert stakeholders and afterschool practitioners, and implemented at an exemplary level by ten afterschool programs across the state of California. Each chapter defines and explains a particular practice and offers concrete examples of how the Healthy Behaviors afterschool programs involved have developed and strengthened their...
Making Healthy Connections with Racialized Communities: Girls and Young Women’s Experiences with Sport, Physical Activity and Healthy Living
This report discusses the sport and physical activity needs, interests and experiences of girls and young women from ethnic communities, shares successes and challenges from an organizational perspective, and provides recommendations to enhance program and service delivery. Disponible en français : Cet projet vise à améliorer la capacité à l’échelle communautaire, régionale et provinciale et à accroître les occasions de mode de vie sain pour les filles et les jeunes femmes des collectivités ethniques.
Healthy Eating After School - Integrating healthy eating into after-school physical activity initiatives
This report is a synthesis of published and unpublished literature from Canada and abroad, along with insights collected from key informants whose initiatives, including programs, are already underway. Its purpose is to share with governments and other stakeholders working at all levels, the key learnings from a literature review and key informant interviews on how to integrate healthy eating and food skills into after-school physical activity initiatives. Both the evidence and lessons learned could be considered when integrating healthy eating into other after-school initiatives.
The Healthy Afterschool Activity and Nutrition Documentation (HAAND) instrument consists of two subscales: Healthy Afterschool Program Index for Physical Activity (HAPI-PA) and the HAPI-Nutrition (HAPI-N). Thirty-nine afterschool programs took part in the HAAND evaluation during fall/spring 2010-2011 and the results indicate that "the HAAND instrument is a reliable and valid measurement tool that can be used to assess the physical activity and nutritional environment of afterschool programs."
Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Is Active Play Extinct?
In 2012 the report card highlights the lack of active free play in children's lives. It reports on physical activity, sedentary behaviour, school and child care settings, community and the built environment and policy issues.
This issue raises a number of critical questions, including: What do the leading researchers in the area think are the major issues? What does the latest research tell us about children and physical activity? What input can children have to influence their own environment? And what role can parents and families play?
26% or roughly one quarter of all children and youth aged 2 to 17 were overweight or obese by 2004. This figure has more than doubled since 1978 when it stood at 12%. / Various other stats
More than 9 out of 10 Boys and Girls Club alumni agree that their involvement with the Club has made them better off today (97%), provided them with valuable life skills (95%), and helped them learn to be a leader (96%). Two thirds (66%) say their experiences continue to have a lasting positive impact on their lives. / Various other stats, e.g, re poverty in Canada.
Healthier Foods and Nutrition in Public Schools - New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
The New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Policy 711, Healthier Foods and Nutrition in Public Schools, includes food categories with varying nutritional value, portion servings, tips, fundraising alternatives, food safety, healthy eating and nutrition activities, and more resources. It includes various appendices for further information.
This report looks at the severity of the problem of childhood obesity, why rates are rising, determinants of healthy weights, such as income, education, culture, etc, promising practice in physical activity and food availability and consumption, lessons learned, and recommendations for action including mandatory food packaging info, improved community infrastructure, controlling children's food advertising, and more.
“The Health of Canada’s Young People: a mental health focus” looks at the emotional and mental health of young people and its relationship with various health behaviours, outcomes and social factors. The issues addressed include: unintentional injuries, healthy living, healthy weights, risky behaviours (including sexual health practices and substance use and abuse), bullying, and their mental health context. The report is based on the Canadian data from the 2010 cycle of the cross-national HBSC study.
This on-line resource consists of eight ready-to-use “lessons” for use by Registered Dietitians, Public Health Nurses, Health Promoters, Occupational Health Professionals, Community Food Advisors, Peer Nutrition Workers and others who are involved in delivering healthy eating education. The Healthy Eating lessons are: 1) Introduction (based on Canada’s Food Guide); 2) The Lower Sodium Way. 3) Whole Grains; 4) Fats on the Menu; 5) More Fibre; 6) Vegetables and Fruit; 7) Eating Out; 8) Choose less sugar.
Healthy Schools 2020 is the Champlain Declaration collective activity in moving towards their vision of school-aged children being physically active and making healthy food choices every day. The Healthy Schools 2020 video was created to inspire everyone – educators, parents, community members, and health professionals alike – to be part of the vision.
This paper describes key mental health issues facing youth (ages 12+), identifies opportunities for effecting change, and describes what Boys and Girls Clubs are doing to promote positive mental health and well-being in Canada’s young population. It looks at factors affecting youth mental health, impacts of poor mental health, recognizing signs, activities such as community based out-of-school progrrams, and more.
This brief makes recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health as part of their study on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. It notes that a community-based approach to youth mental health that emphasizes prevention and early intervention works best for young people and their families.It discusses the positive impacts of community-based out-of-school programs noting that such programs promote mental health by building social skills, fostering peer and mentoring relationships, and by encouraging youth to be active in their communities.
Health Behaviors of School Aged Children - Fact Sheets and Toolkits - Positive Mental Health and more
Fact Sheets on Bullying; Emotional Health; Injury and Physical Trauma; Healthy Living, Healthy Weight; Health-Risk Behaviours. Toolkits include Positive Mental Health Toolkit, Youth Engagement Toolkit, Healthy School Planner, and more.