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Physical activity is important for children every day. How will you encourage movement? Consider games, sports, and active transportation. Tweet
What does an active break look like to you? Go for a quick walk, do a couple of stretches, or try some chair aerobics. Tweet
Physical activity is important for growth and development and sets a solid base for healthy habits. How do you benefit from being active? Tweet
Being an active role model can set a good example for your child. How are you active each day? Tweet
Did you know children are more active when they are outside? Try active outdoor play today! Tweet
Physical activity should be a positive experience. Make it fun, offer encouragement, and explore different types of movement. Tweet
Physical activity can increase a child's readiness to learn by positively impacting focus and concentration. How can you promote PA? Tweet
Physical activity can help increase social connections and lead to fun with friends. How can you promote PA? Tweet
Physical activity can help develop confidence while helping kids feel good about themselves and their bodies. How can you promote PA? Tweet
Physical activity can help to manage stress, build relationships, and develop leadership skills. How can you promote PA? Tweet
Welcome back to school! Now is a great time to set new goals and incorporate healthy habits. How will your family promote physical activity and decrease sedentary behaviour? What about walking or wheeling to school, or bringing equipment for an active recess? Outside of school, consider scheduling “Family Fit Nights” and trying a new activity every week, and making sure family members get enough sleep so everyone has enough energy to be active!
Physical activity is important for children each and every day. It can help with their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development and set a strong foundation for healthy habits. How do you benefit from being active?
Role modelling is about setting a good example for the children in your life because your choices can impact their behaviour. Be an active role model by getting active as a family. Try taking an evening walk, planting a garden, or swimming at a community pool.
According to the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth, children should accumulate at least 60 minutes/day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Examples of heart-pumping activities include running, climbing on playground equipment, and dancing. Don’t forget to include muscle- and bone-strengthening activities three days/week. How does physical activity fit into your child’s day?
Just because the weather is cold and snowy doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate! Outside play can be a lot of fun and exposes children to new challenges. Try building a snowman, visiting a local skating rink, or walking or wheeling around the neighbourhood to view the festive lights and decorations.
The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth recommend recreational screen time should be limited to no more than one hour/day for 3-4 year olds, and no more than two hours/day for 5-17-year-olds. Co-create family rules around screen time and stick to them! Examples include no screens during meals and removing screens from bedrooms.
Active outdoor play is beneficial for children. It can increase their physical activity levels, enhance their creativity, and improve their critical thinking skills. Examples include climbing trees, balancing on logs, jumping on rocks, and hanging upside down on playground equipment. What is your favourite way to be active outside?
Children of all skill levels and abilities need to be active, but small changes may be necessary to achieve success. Use a beach ball for throwing and catching (because it is larger and lighter), use a partially deflated soccer ball when kicking (so it doesn’t roll too far away), and use larger nets (so there is a larger target area to score on).
Try being active while supporting your community. Check out an active fundraiser, such as a charity wheel/walk/run, car wash, or a dance-a-thon, or volunteer to coach a sports team, help out at a gym, or guide walks on a local trail.
Being active isn’t just about playing sports. Active chores can get you moving, such as walking the dog, shovelling, or gardening. Or, try a non-traditional activity, such as yoga, rock climbing, or water aerobics. How are you creative with movement?