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PARC youth conference results in two physical activity reminders

Added on Apr 27, 2017

At a recent PARC youth physical activity conference, youth had four days to explore the topic, brainstorm key messages related to physical activity for youth in the school setting, and develop 1-2 products based on the messages they developed.

The Final Products were simple reminders and a message from youth that they don’t necessarily require or desire a new app, website, or viral campaign to encourage physical activity. Sometimes, they just need to be reminded that it is important and even encouraged to get active in any safe way that works for them. The two products are:

Physical Activity Infographic: Easy Ways to Get Active. 
Physical Activity Poster: Good for the Mind, Body and Spirt.

Board of health forwards smoking ban draft bylaw to council

Added on Apr 27, 2017

Even though tobacco farming remains a major industry in Norfolk, Norfolk County is preparing to enact a bylaw that will ban smoking out-of-doors in the area of municipal buildings and at municipal facilities not already forbidden by law.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act was amended in 2015 to ban smoking at all sports fields and within 20 metres of playgrounds. The new bylaw would extend this prohibition to other municipal properties frequented by young people and the public. These include arenas, libraries, museums, community centres, walking trails and public beaches.

Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Recreation Connections Manitoba Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day: Call for Presenters: Deadline May 15, 2017

Added on Apr 20, 2017

The Recreation Connections Manitoba Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day will be held Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, Winnipeg.

The workshops are designed to provide Therapeutic Recreation professionals with tools, resources, and practical information they can use within their respective facilities, programs and/or profession.

Nominate your active transportation program for Landmark designation: Deadline June 5

Added on Apr 10, 2017

Nominate your active / sustainable transportation program for Landmark designation! The nomination form, which can be downloaded from must be submitted by June 5, 2017. Designations will be announced by October 2017, and case study webinars will be presented between January and June 2018.


  • Professional Recognition and Visibility
  • Documentation of Your Work
  • Contribution to your Professional Community
  • Expert Review: You'll get frank, confidential program review comments and suggestions from the selection panel members, who are experts in a range of related backgrounds. All nominations that are presented to the panels receive a complete list of unattributed panel comments. For many nominees, this is the most valuable benefit. Designation as a Landmark case study recognizes behavior change / social marketing approaches and programs considered to be among the most successful in the world.

The designated programs gain exposure, credibility and free, on-line program case study materials, which can make it easier for them to maintain or increase program funding. Each designated approach / program is featured in a case study webinar. A video and transcript of the webinar, and a written case study based on the webinar, are publicly available after the webinar. Program organizers can use the Landmark logo to indicate their designation.

When used on your website or in electronic newsletters, a unique embedded HTML code provides direct click-through access to your program's online case study materials. Selected nominations are published on the Tools of Change website even if they have not been designated.

For more details and to view Landmark case studies designated in past years, go to or contact: Jay Kassirer, General Manager, Tools of Change President, Cullbridge Marketing and Communications, 2699 Priscilla Street, Ottawa ON Canada K2B 7E1, 613-224-3800 1-800-262-0934 x1

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Call for Presentations - ARPA 2017 Conference: Deadlines - Apr 12 and June 5

Added on Apr 3, 2017

The 2017 ARPA Conference Program Committee is currently inviting submissions from individuals and organizations interested in presenting at the conference. The General Call deadline is April 12th and the Connecting Through Research call deadline is June 5th.

Central East Physical Literacy Summit 2017 Call for Presenters: Deadline Jan 11, 2017

Added on Dec 22, 2016

The Central East Physical Literacy Summit, to be held Apr 29, 2017, is accepting submissions for that combine practical take-home information with hands-on activities, small group discussion, and interactive tools. Submissions are sought on topics/best practices in:

· Developing physical literacy in a community

· Movement skills across the lifespan

· Developing and sustaining physical literacy programs

· Encouraging school-based physical literacy & daily physical activity

· Physical literacy and adapted activity for inclusive environments

· Assessment tools for physical literacy

· Parent and family engagement and education

· Cross-sector engagement and networking

· Active Start programs for children aged 0-6

· Physical activity and Active for Life programs for adults/older adults

· Program evaluation

· Future/emerging trends

Deadline for session submission is January 11, 2017

Columbia Basin Recreation Infrastructure Grants - Application deadline Feb 15, 2017

Added on Nov 23, 2016

Recreation Infrastructure Grants is a three-year, $9-million program that focuses on the construction of new and/or upgrades to existing recreational infrastructure in the Basin. The program will support community efforts to create recreational infrastructure that encourages residents to live more active, healthy lifestyles. This includes structures such as backcountry trail networks, swimming pools, ice rinks, curling arenas, sports fields and parks.

Learn more at

Eligible Projects: Projects that may be eligible to the program include, but are not limited to:

    • outdoor and indoor sport and recreation facilities, fields and parks
    • trails and greenways
    • capital projects that improve active transportation, such as bike lanes and pedestrian bridges
    • infrastructure that improves access to physical activity opportunities, such as pool lifts for aquatic facilities.

    Who Can Apply: Registered non-profit and public organizations, school districts, First Nations and local governments are eligible.

    Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. PT/2:00 p.m. MT.