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Keeping Your Kids Active on a Budget!

April 23, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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Over the past couple weeks we discussed the importance of providing our children and youth with the best possible chances for optimal growth and development by MOVING MORE and SITTING LESS!

On that note, we thought it would be good to listen to some of our readers insights and provide a list of resources that could help with keeping children active while on a budget.

Note: Physical Activity DOESNT have to cost and arm and a leg or require high end gym equipment and memberships. As BC residents, we’re some of the luckiest people on earth! We have access to the great outdoors with thousands of breathtaking trails and parks, as well as amazing community centers. GET OUT THERE AND HAVE FUN! (Next blog will focus on creative tips to maximize the use of these types of opportunities).

Resources:

The Physical Activity Line

This is a totally FREE service designed to help individuals and families increase their health through individually tailored physical activity guidance! The most qualified exercise professionals in Canada are available Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM. They will be able to provide creative suggestions on how to facilitate activity with your children at NO COST!

Children's Fitness Tax Credit       

Parents can claim up to $500 per year for eligible fitness expenses paid for each child who is under 16 years of age at the beginning of the year in which the expenses are paid.

KidsSport or Sport BC

Community-based sport funding program that provides grants for children aged 6–18 to participate in a sport season of their choice.

BC Athlete Assistance Program 

Supports athletes who are in the position to compete for Team BC at the Canada Games and are just below those receiving Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program funding (S1/S2 carding levels).

Family Bonus

Information on non-taxable monthly payments to help low and modest income families with the cost of raising children under age 18. 

Remember: Keep Positive, Keep Smiling, and KEEP MOVING!

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