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YMCA Report says parents think kids get less activity in summer than during school year

Added on Aug 4, 2015

While summertime brings endless freedom for Canadian children, for many parents, it’s also a challenging time to keep kids physically active. According to the YMCA’s new Healthy Kids Report — which included online interviews with 1,760 parents with kids aged six to 12 across Canada — most parents think their children are less active on weekends and in the summer months than they are during and after school.

The YMCA study suggests costs are a barrier to keeping kids active, with 55 per cent of respondents saying financial concerns are one of the biggest challenges in being active with kids.

Katrina Clarke, Toronto Star

UPnGO with ParticipACTION project challenge

Added on Aug 4, 2015

The federal government recently announced funding of over $2.5 million towards a pilot project to lower the risk of chronic disease and increase active, healthy living. Together with the Government of British Columbia, the UPnGO with ParticipACTION project asks adults to take up the challenge to walk 30 minutes daily for 23 days, the length of time needed to develop new habits.

The Government of Canada is partnering with the Government of British Columbia, Public Inc., Dr. Mike Evans and the Evans Health Lab Team, Astra Zeneca, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and others to launch UPnGO with ParticipACTION, which will be rolled out in British Columbia and Ontario. Dr. Mike Evans and the Evans Health Lab create innovative approaches that encourage people to adopt behaviours that promote healthy living and prevent chronic diseases. UPnGO with ParticipACTION, inspired by Dr. Evans's successful internet video, "23.5 Hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?", delivers a compelling message of the significant health benefits of walking 30 minutes daily.

Public Inc. will develop the technology and marketing approaches to encourage and reward inactive Canadians to "sit less and move more", using a unique combination of digital and social media. The UPnGO with ParticipACTION project rewards changes in positive daily habits through on-going positive communication, recognition, and incentives for making and maintaining healthy behaviours such as walking. The Government of British Columbia is partnering with ParticipACTION to highlight the importance of the need to increase physical activity rates in the province. Through this partnership, the British Columbia government and ParticipACTION are building on existing programs, in conjunction with other community-based partners, to make being physically active the easy choice for all.

CNW News Release

Skate Parks Save Lives: Culture Benefits and Ollies for Native Youth

Added on Jul 31, 2015

This article notes the benefits of the US-based Stronghold Society’s campaigns to create and sustain skate parks accessible to youth living on reservations. The Stronghold Society is a 5-year-old Denver-based nonprofit. The Stronghold Society and Wounded Knee Skateboards sponsor kids across the reservation with skateboards and accessories, giving away as much as 80 percent of their inventory. The professional-grade equipment is worth around $200.

Taté Walker, Indian Country

Nunavut parks group aims to expand day camp program

Added on Jul 30, 2015

The "Get Happy Summer Day Camp", a pilot project set up by the Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut in partnership with local communities, has been well received and could expand to 15 communities next summer. More than 500 5- to 12-year olds from various communities have been attending the five-week camps.

The group received funding through the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Kakivak to train young leaders before the first camps. Training included first-aid, leadership and team building.

"The goal was to get them out and get them active physically and creatively," said Dawn Curry, the executive director at Recreation and Parks Nunavut. "Give them an opportunity to have fun."

Natasha MacDonald-Dupuis, CBC News


Thunder Bay waterfront draft plan focuses on 'active recreation'

Added on Jul 29, 2015

The consultants for Thunder Bay's draft master plan for the waterfront south of Pearl Street say they're delivering on what they heard from the public. The draft proposal includes a large, multi-purpose field and a cultural campus that would house the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, an apple orchard, a forested area with trails, and a wetland channel that would transform into a skating trail in winter. The proposed development would take place gradually between now and 2023.

Longer term, it also proposes expanding the cultural campus to include an aboriginal cultural centre, which it envisions as a roundhouse and sweat lodge, and a health and wellness centre that pays homage to the sauna and spa traditions of Thunder Bay's Finnish settlers.

CBC News

Government of Canada partners to expand the Healthy Weights Initiative of Moose Jaw

Added on Jul 28, 2015

The federal government recently announced the expansion of the Healthy Weights Initiative of Moose Jaw (HWI), a community-based program that will help 1000 residents of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, to tackle obesity, achieve healthy weights and get healthier. Eligible participants must have a doctor's referral and a body mass index greater than 30. Each participant will get 60 free group exercise sessions, 12 dietary sessions, 12 cognitive behaviour therapy sessions and two fitness tests over a 12-week period, followed by one group exercise session per week for an additional 12 weeks. A privately-funded pilot run of this program was offered to residents of Moose Jaw in 2014 with positive results including weight loss, improved blood pressure and fitness levels.

CNW News Release

Nova Scotia parks should stay open in November, hikers say

Added on Jul 27, 2015

A group of Nova Scotia hikers wants the province to keep provincial parks open later to compensate for adding Sundays to the fall hunting season.

"We heard loud and clear from our membership, from others who recreate in the outdoors and from landowners that they didn't want the ban lifted and this is the position we took during the consultation period," Hike Nova Scotia president Garnet McLaughlin said Friday.

CBC News

Government announces investment in youth soccer injury prevention programs

Added on Jul 24, 2015

The federal government along with Canada Soccer, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and Canadian Sport for Life recently announced a total investment of $2 million aimed at reducing injuries in Canadian youth soccer players.

The investment supports two soccer injury prevention programs: FIFA 11+ and Movement Preparation. FIFA 11+, developed by FIFA’s Medical Assessment and Research Centre, and specifically targeting youth age 14 years and older, is a series of exercises aimed at strengthening the core and leg muscles, and improving neuromuscular control, coordination, balance, agility and jump technique.  Movement Preparation, developed by Canadian Sport for Life, is a physical literacy program that uses similar exercises, but is geared towards soccer players aged 7-13 years. The goal of FIFA 11+ and Movement Preparation is to reduce injury rates among youth playing soccer, while keeping them active, healthy and injury-free, on the field and off.

Both FIFA 11+ and Movement Preparation will be implemented in community soccer clubs across the country as early as this fall.

PHAC News Release

Apply for the WALK Friendly Community designation! Applications OPEN for Fall 2015

Added on Jul 23, 2015

WALK Friendly Ontario is a recognition program that encourages municipalities to create and improve spaces and places to walk by awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designations. Using our comprehensive framework of indicators for walkability, municipalities can benchmark their current status and measure progress over time. The program gives walking a prominent profile in community planning and design, and encourages municipal governments to set targets for ongoing improvements. As communities strive to achieve higher awards, the built environment is transformed to support safe, sustainable and independent mobility.

Applications are now OPEN for the Fall 2015 intake. The application deadline is September 30th.

CPRA Professional Development Certification (PDC) website now open!

Added on Jul 22, 2015

The CPRA Professional Development Certification program has launched its new website with all the information you need on the program, including eligibility, program requirements, pricing, and much more. The CPRA PDC is Canada’s only professional development certification program for recreation and parks practitioners. Its approach to personalized development gives you, in any stage of your career, the skills you need to excel and forge new career opportunities.

Through this certification, you will enhance your understanding of the issues facing the recreation and parks sector and will be further equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to design and implement innovative solutions. You will be part of a national network of professionals that will ensure the health of the sector and enhance the quality of its programs and services.

Registration will open soon and classes are offered this fall. If you are interested in participating in the CPRA PDC, please subscribe to our eNewsletter to receive program updates and be notified when registration opens.

Bursaries and Grants are available to offset course fees - visit the Bursaries page under Resources for more information.

Egalement disponible en français - Le Certificat de perfectionnement professionnel de l’ACPL