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For a variety of reasons, there just aren't as many kids rushing out to play “Canada’s game” this season in the Hamilton area and across Ontario. Some reasons given include cost, risk of injury, and demographic factors. Nationally, however, registration numbers are increasing.
Adam Carter, CBC News
In Nanaimo, parents of adults with special needs say that the newly enforced policy for financial assistance for recreation programs is discriminatory. The municipality has asked for the earnings of the entire household, making some low-income adults who live with their parents ineligible for aid, while peers in group homes or respite care still qualify.
Tamara Cunningham, Nanaimo News Bulletin
City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation and The Coca-Cola Company to Unveil First ATL Parks & Rec Play Mobile
Today the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation joins forces with The Coca-Cola Company to launch its first ATL Parks & Rec Play Mobile. The Play Mobile, also known as a recreation center on wheels, will travel throughout Atlanta to access neighborhoods without static recreation centers and activate free play for all Atlanta youth.
The Play Mobile creates a safe, interactive and fresh air atmosphere that encourages children to go outside and play. For three hours, ATL Parks and Recreation leaders guide free activities and games for children, including non-traditional sports, games, fitness demos, arts & crafts, oversized board games and much more.
Following the success of New York’s High Line, cities around the world are pursuing bold new projects that are redefining our understanding of what a park is, and in the process helping to create a richer, bold new vision of public space.
Dave McGinn, Globe and Mail
Complaint issued over allegations the City of Calgary contracted parks duties to temporary foreign workers
Two Calgary labour groups have filed a complaint with Service Canada over a private contractor’s use of temporary foreign workers in city parks over the summer.
Dave Dormer, Calgary Sun
It was a pleasant mystery that few could answer when soccer nets and balls showed up in various parks and elementary schools around Drayton Valley. Those behind the generous, but unexplained act say they did it to give back and to get children active, not for the recognition that could come with the donation.
“It encourages grass roots soccer, but it was more to encourage play,” shares Brad Kelly, board member and technical director for the Drayton Valley and District Soccer Association (DVSA). “We knew they would get some use instead of just throwing them away; it’s mostly just for the kids.”
Volunteers from DVSA dropped off the nets with little idea as to how it would go over. The results were that students started using them immediately, teachers and staff were on board, and nets in parks are being used by people in the community.
Lesley Allan, Drayton Valley Western Review
Victoria needs to develop a strategy to stem the growing trend of city parks being used as free campgrounds, some councillors say. Police who patrol parks with bylaw officers to rouse tenters in the mornings, have told councillors the number of people camping in parks who are not homeless is increasing.
Victoria Times Colonist
For fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super star. Emerging evidence suggests that combined physical activity and inactivity may be more important for chronic disease risk than physical activity alone.
“Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day," scientist Katy Bowman said. “You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.”
Other research suggests that three five-minute walks done throughout three hours of prolonged sitting reverses the harmful effects of prolonged sitting on arteries in the legs.
Dorene Internicola, Reuters
Government of Canada launches Build Our Kids' Success (BOKS) before school physical activity program
Government of Canada partners with BOKS, Reebok Canada Fitness Foundation, and the Canadian Football League to get kids more physically active
TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Minister Ambrose, joined by Mark Cohon, CFL Commissioner, Michael Rossi, President, adidas Group Canada and Katherine Tulle, Founder and Executive Director, Build Our Kids' Success (BOKS) announced that BOKS, a before-school physical activity program will be made available for the first time in Canada.
BOKS is an initiative of Reebok and the Reebok Foundation, aimed at getting elementary school kids moving and their brains ready for a day of learning. The five-year partnership between the Public Health Agency of Canada, Reebok Canada, the Reebok Canada Fitness Foundation, the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact will help address the obstacles that prevent children from getting enough physical activity so they can lead more active and healthier lifestyles.
BOKS, whose goal is to enhance academic performance and the overall health of kids through physical activity, is an evidence-based proven program to improve physical endurance, executive functioning, working memory and many other areas that help lay the ground work for successful and healthy children. The program, with the help of Reebok, is working toward creating a culture of participants by engaging community members.
In its first year, BOKS will be implemented in approximately 90 schools in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Ottawa. The program will roll-out over the following four years in all nine Canadian cities with a CFL team, and is expected to reach approximately 45,000 elementary school children in 450 schools across the country.
- As outlined in the recent Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada is committed to working with the provinces and territories and with the private and not-for-profit sectors to encourage young Canadians to be more physically active.
- Only four percent of Canadian children are getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity.
- Approximately two out of every three adults in Canada are overweight or obese and almost one in three children and youth is already overweight or obese.
- BOKS, founded by Kathleen Tullie and a group of passionate moms, was inspired by Harvard Medical School's Dr. John Ratey's book Spark which proved the connection between exercise and the brain.
- In the next five years, BOKS Canada expects to reach approximately 45,000 students in 450 schools across the country.
- The curriculum and tools will be accessible to any school at no cost via the BOKSKIDS.org website.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada, Reebok Canada, the Reebok Foundation, and the CFL are investing $9.78 millionin this initiative over five years. The Agency is providing half of this funding and its partners are providing the other half.
- This partnership represents the largest investment made to date through the Agency's healthy living/chronic disease prevention multi-sectoral partnership approach.
"The Build Our Kids' Success program has a proven track record of results in both getting kids active before school and preparing them for a day full of learning. We are proud and excited to be working with Reebok Canada, the Reebok Canada Fitness Foundation and the Canadian Football League to bring this program to Canada for the first time. Our Government is committed to fostering innovative partnerships like this one, that will help children and youth adopt active and healthier lifestyles so they get the best possible start in life."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health
"The health and wellness of our youth is an important issue facing our country today. The game of football and sports in general can play an important role in promoting physical activity in children. We are proud to partner with Reebok on this very important initiative and look forward to our teams and players being involved in getting our young Canadians physically active and having fun. Together, we can have a real positive impact on our youth in our communities."
"We are very proud to launch the BOKS program in Canada and couldn't be more pleased with our partnerships with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Football League. The potential for growth throughout the country is endless. With the support of our partners, we plan to bring BOKS to as many schools as possible, empowering kids, staff, and entire communities to make physical activity a part of their daily routine for life."
President - adidas Group Canada, parent company of Reebok Canada.
"We are extremely excited to launch BOKS in Canada, especially as we continue to expand worldwide. The implementation of BOKS represents Canada's commitment to helping kids living a healthier lifestyle. BOKS can have a positive impact on classroom performance, behaviour and overall health, and the opportunity for growth in Canadais tremendous."
BOKS founder and director of social responsibility Reebok U.S
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
For further information: Michael Bolkenius, Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, (613) 957-0200; Media Relations, Public Health Agency of Canada, (613) 957-2983