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ParticipACTION’s 2022 Child and Youth Report Card

Are you looking for a comprehensive summary and assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada? How has the global pandemic impacted the movement behaviors of children and youth? ParticipACTION utilizes a grading approach; similar to that of a school grade; to provide comprehensive indicators, which in turn provide Canada with necessary guidance and

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Best physical activities for kids at every age

Timing is essential for your child’s movement abilities and physical literacy. You want them to succeed and reach all their goals. According to Jim Grove, for children to reach their full potential, they must have age-appropriate experiences at the right time. Children must engage in active play to develop gross motor skills, especially during their early

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How to help your kids connect with nature as the weather cools down

With the cold months approaching at an alarming rate, it is critical that your child continues to experience and enjoy everything that the great outdoors has to offer. We all know that as the weather gets colder, you want to stay inside and be warm. Katherine Watts discusses several ideas for encouraging your child to

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The ABC’s of Physical Literacy

Did you know that the ABCs of physical literacy refers to four fundamental capacities that support human movement? Jim Grove describes the four capacities as agility, balance, coordination, and speed. Each of these is necessary to develop fundamental movement skills, which form the foundation of physical literacy. You might be wondering what each of the

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13 ways to help your child overcome sport hesitancy

It is not unusual to see a child who is fearful of participating in sports. Your child may have the same reaction to sports as to vegetables; hesitancy around trying something new. Sport hesitancy is a problem that many parents have with their children. According to Susan Scandiffio, the first step in addressing hesitancy is

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10 creative ways to reinvent the classic game of tag

You’re sprinting as fast as you can when suddenly you are tagged. When you think of your childhood, one of the first games that may come to mind is the game of tag. This game is fantastic because it can be changed creatively by children and adults and requires little equipment and set-up. Tag is

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Simple postnatal fitness activities you can do with your baby

Welcoming a new baby is a big adjustment. Unfortunately, finding time for self-care, such as fitness and physical activity, can be difficult as a parent. The significance of physical and mental well-being is well understood. Just because there is a new baby in the house does not mean that this important time has ended. Emily

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Active and Accessible Summer Fun for Kids with Disabilities

**Article in English only** Did you know that being physically and mentally active outside is beneficial to your health? Unfortunately, individuals with disabilities face numerous barriers to physical activity and finding appropriate activities for children with disabilities. Lisa Thornbury describes some of the most common difficulties children with a disability encounter. Accessibility and safety, finding

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“Everywhere, all the time, anywhere: Why physical literacy matters”

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on so many aspects of life. With the recent relaxation of restrictions on sport and physical activity, there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to influence how we engage young people in sport and physical activity. Jackie Robinson, Marika Warner, and Bryan Heal delve into the statistics before the pandemic and

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14 ways to help your toddler with balance and coordination

Coordination is the ability to move two or more body parts simultaneously. Balance and coordination are essential for your child to reach important developmental milestones such as climbing stairs, climbing furniture, walking in general and on different surfaces, leaning over to pick up objects on the floor, feeding themselves, sitting up, and so on. As

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