- Active play
- Sports and structured activities
- Active transportation
- Supported and promoted active, healthy living among children, youth and families
- Developed physical activity skills
- Strengthened community action
- Addressed community needs
- Ensured accessibility – promote equal opportunity
- Tracked participation and outcomes
- Are sustainable and/or create a lasting impact
- Used best practises to address identified needs (see below)
- Activities for all that appeal to more kids/families – tailored to skill level, needs, interests, preferences, timing
- Increase opportunities, sessions or amount of time in moderate to vigorous physical activity
- Use trained staff, coaches, leaders
- Encourages walking as physical activity
- Programs available to all – increase access to places and opportunities
- Prompts people to be active (take the stairs, park and walk)
- Changes behaviour through: education, skill-building, goal-setting, self-monitoring, problem solving
- Involves friends, peers, parents and home settings
- Offers social support, connectedness, belonging
- Policies that support physical activity in schools, communities and workplaces
- Involves physicians and healthcare providers
- Increases knowledge and skills (adults, childcare workers, teachers, ECE, coaches, leaders)
This theme encourages physical activity through a mix of active play, active transportation, sports and structured physical activity.
Active play comes in many forms and varies with age. Active play is any unstructured, child-directed movement that children do for fun — playground games like tag, skipping or ball games for instance. The energy spent in play varies — it may be more or less vigorous than organized sports, but a child tends to do it longer, choosing for themselves when to rest. And it’s not just great for a child’s growing body — it has social and mental health benefits too.
Sports and Other Structured Physical Activity
Children who take part in some form of organized physical activity are more likely to meet Canada’s physical activity guidelines. Ontario children in grades 1 to 8 are required to get at least 20 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous daily physical activity each school day. Elementary and middle school students have physical education classes. Structured physical activities might also occur out of school, including participation in sports teams, martial arts and dance.
How to get involved
All kinds of groups will be joining forces in your community — public health, recreation centres, schools and businesses, to name just a few. Their goal: help make your community a place where it’s easy for kids to be active. You can be a part of making it happen. Communities will be coming up with all kinds of ideas. It might mean new programs that get kids moving. or it might mean other changes. For instance, you might get involved in a “walking school bus’ project. where parents volunteer to walk with kids to school instead of using cars or a school bus. You might help organize to build a new rink, or make a playground safer. It all depends on what your community needs. To learn more about what’s happening in your community and how you can help, contact the project manager for your Healthy Kids Community Challenge.