Health Benefits

How can you make a healthy lifestyle easy, playful and fun for kids? Why not integrate it into Summer camps! Shape Up is a flexible, non-binding program designed to adapt easily to the specific needs of each camp. It’s simple and free to sign up, and the experiences shared among member camps allow the program to evolve and improve from year to year. To help summer camps incorporate healthy habits, Shape Up has developed four mobilization strategies:

Forest and the Femme (FATF) is a non-profit outdoor recreation program for highly marginalized women living in Vancouver’s DTES community. We provide access to nature for the city’s most vulnerable and isolated women. Our goal is to facilitate a sense of freedom, empowerment and self worth through contact with nature, skill building and social engagement.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) describes a community-based road safety program that aims to make a child’s journey to and from school safer. It may also encompass other goals such as reducing child pedestrian injuries, promoting safety, creating a cleaner environment by reducing traffic congestion, and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

The MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do It!) Program is a community intervention aimed to empower families of overweight and obese children to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. This program combines all the elements known to be important when treating and preventing overweight and obesity in children, including family involvement, behaviour change, practical education in nutrition, and increasing physical activity. MEND is not a diet, nor is designed for rapid weight loss.

The experimental intervention took place over one school year (10 months) at low SES schools in Australia. The primary aims were to prevent weight gain, reduce screen time, and maintain physical activity levels among ten-year-old students. Secondary objectives were to increase children’s enjoyment of physical activity, and to improve movement skills related to childhood games and sports.

An Aboriginal Youth Mountain Biking Program has been initiated by a group of mountain bike enthusiasts to support and encourage Aboriginal youth and communities to participate and excel in the sport of mountain biking.

Looking for some cool family fun? Skating sessions at Cloverdale Arena from Dec. 20 to Jan. 4. “Arena will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with an old-fashioned pond. This is an event the whole family can enjoy!”

As is Christmas tradition the Cloverdale Arena will be transformed into the Winter Ice Palace over the winter school break. This is a very popular event that the whole family can enjoy. 

Playing for Keeps is…

Hitting the ground running. Getting the ball rolling. Shooting for a better quality of life. Fighting childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Making the leap toward a healthier, stronger and more connected community.

The Canadian Curling Association Rocks & Rings program is designed to introduce the Olympic sport of curling to elementary school children. By bringing the curling rink to the school gym we reach children that would otherwise not have access to the roaring game.

 Our goal is to provide a non-threatening environment for women of all skill levels to learn the joy of mountain biking. As a growing community of riders, we offer encouragement, fun, local rides, destination rides, opportunities to race and skill development plus an opportunity to give back to the community through trail advocacy. We call ourselves the “Dirt Divas — soft skin, hard core”.