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Back to School and Back to Work: Ideas on staying active as a family during the busy back to school

September 18, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity, Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Back to School and Back to Work: Ideas on staying active as a family during the busy back to school

Winter is Coming! We’ve said goodbye to summer time and now it’s back to school and back to work.

The start of a new school year can be chaotic to say the least. As a parent, it’s all about getting the family organized and back into a routine, which can take up a lot of time and energy. Juggling schedules, getting the kids to school and then yourself to work on time can make it hard for physical activity to be a priority not only for your children but also for yourself.

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Physical Literacy in the Early Years

August 28, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity, Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Physical Literacy in the Early Years

What do running, jumping, and throwing have in common? They are all things that kids love to do, and at the same time are key building blocks for being physically active for life. What I’m talking about is physical literacy. Physical Literacy is having the movement vocabulary (fundamental movement skills) and motivation, confidence and competence to move for a lifetime!

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Breaking down the Canadian 24 hour movement guidelines for children and youth

July 24, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity, Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Breaking down the Canadian 24 hour movement guidelines for children and youth

When it comes to your kids, it can often seem like there isn’t enough time in the day for everything to get done. Between checking that they’ve finished their homework and that they’ve brushed their teeth, you also need to make sure they’re staying active and getting enough sleep.

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Quit smoking with a new addiction: Physical Activity

July 4, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity, Smoking | Tags:

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Quit smoking with a new addiction: Physical Activity

Making any lifestyle change can be tough, especially when it comes to something like quitting smoking. To achieve quit success often requires a willingness to try out different strategies, and ultimately to find a healthier replacement for your smoking behaviour. It takes a lot of courage, but also requires motivation, time and patience.

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Active Parents = Active Children

June 19, 2018 by Zainisha Vasanji, Ph.D., CSEP-CEP | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Active Parents = Active Children

Have you ever heard the expression “monkey see, monkey do”? It refers to a person who imitates another person’s actions by simply watching them. What does this have to do with physical activity? Parents who perform physical activity can greatly influence their children’s physical activity levels. According to the 2014-2015 Canadian Health Measures Survey, only 12% of children (5 to 11 years) and 4% of youth (12 to 17 years) get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.

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