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.
Find policies, procedural manuals and useful resources on topics including: Safety, Staffing, Inclusion, and more. Have great resources to share? Let us know!
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.
Parent Action on Drugs has developed this brochure for parents of teens. It discusses the risk and protective factors that affect resilience, including personal, family, peer, school, and community aspects and provides parents with concrete ways to help teens deal with life’s stressors, avoid problems and become strong, responsible individuals.
Healthy snack guidelines based on Canada's Food Guide, noting that young children have small stomachs and can’t get all the nutrients they need from just 3 regular meals, and older children need snacks to stay alert and energetic throughout the day.
As a component of New Jersey After 3’s Sports, Health and Fitness Initiatives, NJ After 3 created these project guides based on promising practices at specific afterschool programs. Each guide includes a number of projects and activities, such as Healthy Heart & Jeopardy Review in the Healthy Food Olympics guide, or What's in My Snack, etc. The guides are: Healthy Food Olympics (K-8); Healthy Food Concession Stand (Gr 2-8); Jump Rope Time Twister (K – 8); Jump Rope Jive (6 – 8); and, Walk for Fitness (K – 8).
This tool allows you to compare the nutrition criteria from a Nutrition Facts Table to find out if your food or beverage choice is a Choose Most Often, Choose Sometimes or Choose Least Often according to the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines.
These resources will help families integrate small simple steps into their lives and get started on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Resources include: 365 easy ways to eat healthier and get more physically active as a family Mark your child's height as he or she grows Generate a conversation anywhere with these handy cards Find out how to support your child's ability to read for fun and become a life long learner The Raising Healthy Kids Activity Guide for Recreation Leaders provides Asset-Building Nutritional and Physical Activity Program Ideas for Children Ages 6 to 12.
In 2011 the Report Card examined the critical after-school period, focusing on the influences on physical activity levels that exist in the time between the end of the school day and before the dinner hour – 3 pm to 6 pm. The report card has many useful statistics and observations on both physical activity and sedentary behaviour of children and youth. There are also supporting tools and materials for communicating the key messages. A presentation to the Canadian Active After School Partnership is also attached.
From the BC government's Act Now BC initiative, this resource includes policy documents from communities in BC as well as a guiding principles and policy template. Communities note that the development of policy in support of healthy food and beverage sales has made implementation of changes in food outlets - including vending, concessions and programs - easier and faster. Policy development also supports long-term change.
From the BC government's Act Now BC initiative, an extensive, customizable toolkit for planning for Healthy Choices implementing Healthy Choices, and evaluating Healthy Choices in foods and beverages. Includes information sheets, samples, appendices further reference, and a collection of all the tools described individually in the Toolkit.
Provides guidelines on how to model healthier choices to students using "Choose Most (CM)" items, from which it is expected 50% of choices should come, and "Choose Sometimes (CS)" items. Looks at how to check nutrition facts, and how to assess heatlhier foods such as pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, pastas, smoothies, and more. From the BC government's Act Now BC initiative.
Obesity trends among Canadian adults over the years – showing 1985 to 2004. Changes in portion sizes and calorie counts over the years.
This Toolkit aims to help recreation professionals turn a facility into a Healthy Choices Facility, which is one that offers healthy food and beverage choices EVERYWHERE they are served: in vending machines, concessions, at staff and board meetings, and in child and youth programs. Includes information on planning, implementing, and planning, as well as information sheets, samples, and links to other resources.
A report of recommendations for Prince George recreation facilities, including nutritional guidelines, polices for vending machines and concessions and snacks,as well as an implementation plan.
Iron Chef Grande Prairie: A MADE in Alberta Approach to Healthy Eating - a Communities Choosewell profile
This spotlights a Communities ChooseWell Grande Prairie event, that challenged teams to prepare healthy and delicious entrees using local ingredients. The Communities ChooseWell program is part of the Healthy U initiative, managed by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and supported by the Government of Alberta. It encourages Albertans to choose well through healthy social pursuits, nutrition and active living.
A booklet to help understand the Alberta Nutrititon Guidelines for children and youth. Looks at why healthy food is important, how to help children and youth eat healthy, identifying healthy food, and making sure healthy choices are available. Includes a food rating system.
Curbing Childhood Obesity: A Federal, Provincial and Territorial Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights
"Between 1978/79 and 2004, the combined prevalence of overweight and obesity among those aged two to 17 increased from 15 per cent to 26 per cent. Increases were highest among youth, aged 12 to 17 years, with overweight and obesity more than doubling for this age group, from 14 per cent to 29 per cent. In addition, young people of Aboriginal origin (off -reserve) had a signifi cantly high combined overweight/obesity rate of 41 per cent." Various other statistics, demographics, etc.
This toolkit provides activities for cooking, physical activity, gardening and music and arts programs, as well as ideas for field trips, and promoting healthy habits at home.
Discusses how recreation professionals can support children's mental health through the development of strength-based programming and caring relationships. Presentation from the Parks & Recreation Ontario 2010 Education Forum & National Exchange.
In its sixth annual report card on physical activity for children and youth, Active Healthy Kids Canada assigned an "F" for physical activity levels among Canadian children for the fourth consecutive year.