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Walk this Way kits now available in both hardcopy and electronic format

Added on Aug 28, 2014

PARC’s  Walk This Way kit, which supports healthy communities by promoting walking as the single most sustainable physical activity, provides individuals with all of the components they need to support them in creating healthy walking habits, is now available in both hardcopy and electronic format. Kits are available in both English and French.

The Kit includes:
• A pedometer.
• A double-sided laminated erasable calendar (with magnets and erasable marker) for tracking physical activity progress which provides information on walking, the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, safety tips, and stretching.

A Walk This Way First Nations adaptation is also available. The adaptation includes a pullout pen with information on the benefits of walking and strategies to incorporate walking into daily routines, as well as several related printable PDFs.

The Leader's Guide for both versions is available electronically.

Follow the links below to order kits.

Newmarket extends Wi-Fi to outdoor areas

Added on Aug 28, 2014

As part of a trial program, the Town of Newmarket has expanded its free Wi-Fi service network to three outdoor venues, including the Riverwalk Commons, Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall  and The Recreation Youth Centre. The town's economic development officer says it is part of the plan for fostering digital growth.

Chris Simon and Teresa Latchford,

Ottawa, Sens announce new recreation project for Hintonburg

Added on Aug 28, 2014

The city is collaborating with the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the Trinity Development Foundation on the new project, which will be the fourth of 20 Sens Recreational Investments in Neighbourhood for Kids (RINK) projects in Ottawa.

Marie-Danielle Smith, Ottawa Citizen

Franklin Lakes continues concussion testing for recreation programs

Added on Aug 28, 2014

The borough will pay $4,600 to the New Jersey Concussion Center to conduct baseline brain function tests for all youngsters in Grades 4-8 enrolled in all recreation programs. With the baseline in place, doctors will be able to more easily determine the safety of returning to play after an injury.

Michael Olohan,

Should sex offenders be banned from public parks?

Added on Aug 27, 2014

This is a controversy in Vigo County Indiana, where proponents believe it would make parks ssfer places for children to play, but the parks department stresses that the matter is only under discussion and no decision has yet been made.

Jon Swainer,

Calgary firefighters water city parks as training exercise

Added on Aug 27, 2014

As Calgary firefighters train, they are watering areas in city parks that are often dry and subject to grass fires.

CBC News

Taking a Stand: balancing the BENEFITS and RISKS of physical activity in children

Added on Aug 20, 2014

The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology has published their position and recommendations on the promotion of childhood physical activity in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism (APNM). This position stand provides an important overview of knowledge in the area of risk of physical activity for children and suggests both practical guidelines and a research agenda. Uniquely, this position stand addresses both benefits and risks of physical activity for children.

Key recommendations for the responsible promotion of childhood physical activity:

  1. Professionals/researchers encouraging children to change the type of physical activity or to increase the frequency, intensity or duration of their activity should inquire whether a child has primary healthcare provider-prescribed activity limitations before the child’s activity participation changes.
  2. Physical activity researchers should prioritize the development of evidence regarding the benefits and risks of childhood physical activity and inactivity, particularly the risks of sedentary lifestyles, physical activity associated injury risks accounting for amount of activity performed, and effectiveness of current risk management strategies and screening approaches.
  3. Professionals and researchers should prioritize the dissemination of information regarding the benefits of physical activity and the risks of sedentary behaviour in children.
  4. Parents and professionals should encourage all children to accumulate at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

CHEO Research Institute News Release

Transgender sports participation to mark historic milestone

Added on Aug 20, 2014

OTTAWA (TORONTO), Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Fusing together a boat of various genders has become much easier in 2014, as the 5‐person rowing team, "Team TRANS‐fusion," from Toronto's Hanlan Boat Club makes a splash of a whole new kind at a marathon in Ottawa this Sunday, marking a new milestone on the journey to equality in the world of sports.

Many sports have not been the most welcoming for Transgender individuals, however recent legislative and human rights code changes are slowly changing the cultures that for too long have presented barriers. In 2012, Toby's Act was championed by MPPs, Cheri DiNoVo (NDP), Christine Elliott (PC), and Hon. Yasir Naqvi (Liberal) who joined forces to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to prevent discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression. An ignited enthusiasm is emerging for many Transgender athletes, who have often felt targeted or excluded from playing their sports of interest, and on Sunday, August 24th, groundbreaking Trans athletes Enza Anderson and Savannah Burton will become the first in Canada to participate in a rowing marathon as part of the TRANS‐fusion Team.

"Athletes are not responsible for securing their own right to compete in sports, but it is the responsibility of governing organizations to create environments that are welcoming, safe and inclusive for everyone to fully participate at all levels," said Savannah Burton, Team TRANS‐fusion member and actress (Beauty and the Beast).

"By becoming involved in rowing, we hope to show youth who are Trans not to fear participating in sports, and to remind Canadian sporting organizations to ensure their rules, policies and guidelines comply with essential Human Rights principles and legislation," added fellow Team TRANS‐fusion member and well‐known former Toronto Mayoral Candidate/Trans Activist, Enza Anderson.

The historic race will take place at the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club (ONEC) located at 501 Rockcliffe Drive (just east of the Rockcliffe Lookout) on Sunday, August 24th, 2014, with the half marathon beginning at 8:00am and a special ceremony to acknowledge the occasion from 11‐11:30am.

Special guests Hon. Madeleine Meilleur (MPP, Ottawa‐Vanier and Attorney General for Ontario), Hon. Yasir Naqvi(MPP, Ottawa‐Centre and Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services), Michael Walker, President of Rowing Canada Aviron, and Jennifer Birch‐Jones, LGBTQ Sports and Trans Policy Leader will each be speaking at the ceremony, along with Helen Kennedy, Executive Director of Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, who is also this year's Grand Marshall in the Ottawa Pride Parade which takes place later that afternoon.

Media are invited to join at 7:45am for the half marathon, or at 10:45am for the ceremony and refreshments. For further event information, please visit the Crowdfunding Website, For additional Trans or LGBTQ policy information, please contact Bryn Hendricks at


Image with caption: "TRANS-ITION IN SPORTS (CNW Group/TRANS-ITION IN SPORTS)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Groundbreaking Transgender Athletes, Enza Anderson and Savannah Burton, training for upcoming participation in historic Ottawa rowing marathon (CNW Group/TRANS-ITION IN SPORTS)". Image available at:

For further information: Media Contact: Bryn Hendricks, Media and Public Relations Manager, Team TRANS?fusion,, 416 875 2635

ParticipACTION'S backpack must-haves to encourage active play this school year

Added on Aug 18, 2014

"Sport leagues, programs and school activities are essential, valuable components of getting our kids to be more active, but kids need to do more than that, and more often," says Elio Antunes, president and CEO of ParticipACTION.  "Our kids are missing out on opportunities for spontaneous movement—such as getting to places on foot and playing freely outdoors.  So, let's pack our kids' backpacks for active play!"

ParticipACTION's backpack must-haves to encourage active play:

  • Pedometer – Let children log the total amount of steps they take in a day and make a game out of getting healthy.
  • Rubber ball/chalk/skipping rope – 63 per cent of kids' free time is spent being sedentary, so send kids to school with something to encourage spontaneous, active games with friends.
  • Mobile phone – Parents worry about the safety of their kids. A phone can help them stay in touch while their kids walk to and from school, or play outside with friends.
  • Jacket – Weather is one barrier to active play, so make sure children are ready for rain or shine.
  • Sun hat and sunscreen – Kids need a sun hat and sunscreen in order to protect them from the rays and enjoy outdoor play.
  • Helmet – Wheeling to and from school will quickly add up to a much healthier lifestyle, as will walking or running.  With 62 per cent of parents saying their children are always driven to and from school, why not let them walk or wheel?

CNW News Release

NRPA Honours Geoffrey Godbey

Added on Aug 18, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Geoffrey C. Godbey, professor emeritus of recreation, park and tourism management (RPTM) at Penn State, has been awarded the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Distinguished Professional Award. NRPA will present the award publicly at a special reception at the association’s 2014 NRPA Congress on Oct. 15 in Charlotte, North Carolina.