This brief summarizes research on active transport to school, physical activity levels and health outcomes. It also explores the factors that influence walking and biking to school, including the impact of Safe Routes to School programs.
Find policies, procedural manuals and useful resources on topics including: Safety, Staffing, Inclusion, and more. Have great resources to share? Let us know!
The Together for Healthy Kids initiative is a new public awareness campaign created by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario to respond to the obesity epidemic. The project will involve all levels of government, private and volunteer sector organizations, local advocates and community partners, and the public. This presentation from the 2009 Parks and Recreation Ontario Education Forum describes this campaign to be launched in spring 2009 and the opportunities for involvement..
This issue of Wellspring contains articles on defining a healthy, active community, leadership and partnerships (such as with healthcare providers, teachers, recreation leaders and other citizens), community development, the planning process, and thinking in broad terms but starting with specifics. It discusses the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) Alberta Active Communities initiative: “To strengthen leadership capacity to build creative, healthier and more active communities through recreation and parks.” ARPA provided focus groups, training, coaching, tool kits, resources and...
 Canada ranks 22nd when it comes to preventable childhood injuries and deaths; Canada ranks 27th in childhood obesity; and; Canada ranks 21st in child well-being, including mental health. Overall, Canada only ranked 12th out of 21 wealthy countries in the United Nations' rankings of child well-being.
The Health, Social and Economic Benefits of Increasing Access to Recreation for Low-Income Families: Research Summary Report
Summary of a research project to support the work of the Access to Recreation for Low-income Families project. Bibliographic databases, recent U.S., U.K., and Australian evaluations on after-school programs, at-risk youth recreation programs, and youth development programs have been reviewed as well as evidence-based youth crime prevention strategies in community settings.
Talking Back To Grownups: Healthy Children, Healthy Communities - a report on the social determinants of health and middle childhood in Canada
This resource is the concluding report to the research that the Healthy Children, Healthy Communities project conducted between May 2006 and March 2007. Throughout this time, the project team traveled to 12 communities across Canada engaging with child health stakeholders and with young people themselves in order to understand the perceptions and priorities which exist around the health of children (age 9-12). In addition, UNA-Canada surveyed 1200 Canadian adults to understand how they are thinking about the health of this age group. The study showcases the social determinants of health that...
Healthy Growth and Development - Always Changing / Vibrant Faces (Resource kits for transition between childhood and adolescence)
Resource materials for the Always Changing and Vibrant Faces programs (growth, development and puberty related).
Many statistical breakdowns by demographics, age levels, health (mental and phusical), activity levels, at-risk behaviours, and more.
Barriers and Enablers to Healthy Eating and Active Living in Children: Key Findings in Six Nova Scotia Communities: Executive Summary
382 people in the school sites participated in the project: 292 students (140 males and 152 females), 44 parents and 46 community leaders.
Are We Doing Enough? A status report on Canadian public policy and child and youth health (2016 edition)
The Canadian Paediatric Society’s biennial status report Are We Doing Enough? evaluates public policies affecting children and youth in Canada. It charts how well provincial/territorial and federal governments use their legislative powers to promote specific health and safety issues affecting young people. This 5th edition introduces new indicators, such as breastfeeding promotion, child death review processes and the management of type 1 diabetes in schools, and updates progress on critical fronts reviewed in 2012. Are We Doing Enough? helps governments – and health...
This is a planning guide for Girls’ Days, which are aimed at providing a wide range of enjoyable opportunities for young women in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, mind and spirit, self esteem, and creativity. The hope is that girls will learn to make healthy and positive choices, thereby improving the quality of their lives.
This standard form for collecting personal and health information for campers also includes a waiver form for injuries, use of photographs, and a code of conduct clause.
This resource kit will help parents, childcare providers, preschools, public health agencies, and physicians address the trends that can lead to serious health problems in future years.The kit is divided into four sections: raising awareness, educational opportunities for caregivers, educational opportunities for healthcare professionals, and environment. Each section includes descriptions of specific action steps and information and resources for the implementation of each step.
These lesson plans have been screened for commercialism and general educational value, but it is still the professional responsibility of teachers to decide if the lesson is appropriate for their students and community. Topics include healthy eating, heart health, tobacco and injury prevention to name a few.
This research project was conceived as a starting point to accumulate the relevant information regarding the health benefits and risks of physical activity for girls and women: psychosocial health and well-being (including stress, anxiety, depression, premenstrual syndrome, self-efficacy, mood state, cognitive functioning, well-being and quality of life) body image and self-esteem eating disorders smoking cessation and drug rehabilitation cardiovascular disease and hypertension osteoporosis estrogen-related cancers menopausal symptoms fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndromeSpecific...
Communities Helping Children be Healthy: A Guide to Reducing Childhood Obesity in Low-Income African American et al Families
This document is intended to assist those in communities who want to start culturally appropriate programs to reduce childhood obesity. It may also serve to improve communication and work between communities, researchers and philanthropies so that implementation of critically needed programs can be undertaken. Rather than inventing "new" strategies, the aim of this document is to broadly describe the steps and strategies already known to be potential best practices, why they are potential best practices, and the various pitfalls that implementers can encounter. Reproduced with permission of...
Between the ages of 2 and 12, children more than double their weight and height and lay the foundation for a body that will last a lifetime. This educational resource is for teachers of students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
This section of the Ottawa-Carleton Board's Policy Manual provides the policy, procedures (including lunchrooms, shared equipment, administration of medication etc.) and a parental authorization form.
The Call to Action challenges the provincial government, boards of education, school communities and public health to acknowledge and act on their roles in establishing an environment that is supportive of healthy eating in Ontario schools. A healthy school nutrition environment provides students with the skills, social support, and environmental reinforcements needed to foster healthy eating behaviors among students. The OSNPPH School Nutrition Workgroup have made nine recommendations to address the importance of healthy eating in the school context and presents the link between nutritional...