Canadian kids need to move more to boost their brain health
According to ParticipACTION, all kids deserve to thrive in mind and body. But in order for them to reach their full mental, emotional and intellectual potential, their bodies have to move to get the wheels in their brains turning.
While Canadian kids received a "B+" for Sleep and a "B" for organized sport, other marks included a "D+" for Physical Literacy, a "D" in Physical Fitness, and an "F" for 24-Hour Movement Behaviours which resulted in a "D" for overall physical activity. Review the highlight report card or the full report card, and the experts' statement on Physical Activity and Brain Health in Children and Youth.
2018 Live Active Summit
Ever Active Schools, the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Sport Council are excited to announce the 2nd annual Live Active Summit on October 18 – 19, 2018 in Edmonton. The summit is a catalyst to educate, engage and bring to life active living, active recreation and sport in a school and community setting. It will involve collaborative work around the theme Healthy Communities, Healthy Schools and share successful practices from across the province. Presenters to contribute to this important conversations are being sought that will:
- Give delegates practical, useful knowledge and skills
- Connect with delegates from a number of sectors: education, health, active living/recreation
- Provide relevant research in the education, health or community sectors that can be applied to the everyday practice of our delegates
- Allow delegates to participate in an active, engaging way
Topics could include: play, physical literacy best practices, non-traditional sports and physical activities, inclusive physical activity practices, city and community best practices or innovative physical education curriculum implementation.
To apply, please go to everactive.org/las-presenters
New Infrastructure Grant Program
Under the federal government's Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, Alberta will receive $140.6 million for community, culture and recreation projects over the next 10 years. Communities and organizations can apply for funding to support new, expanded or renewed community centres and hubs, amateur sport, cultural and recreational installations and facilities. The first application period runs from April 3 to August 1, 2018.
Community Investment Operating Grant Review
The City of Edmonton Community Investment Operating Grant (CIOG) provides operating assistance to Edmonton’s non-profit organizations, including recreation/amateur sport, whose activities result in benefits to the citizens of Edmonton. These grants enhance the existing programs and services of local sport organizations and enable them to expand their operations to include new participants. The 2018 CIOG program awarded funding to 121 sport groups in Edmonton. Read the full analysis here.
Gender Based Violence
The City of Edmonton's Gender-based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative aims to reduce and ultimately end gender-based violence and sexual assault in Edmonton. As it does happen in sport in Edmonton, find out more here and consider initiating Respect in Sport within your sport.
LGBTQI2S Inclusion in Sport
Much of sport is organized by sex or gender; however, not every athlete fits into or identifies with the binary of male and female. Creating welcoming, inclusive teams for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-identified, queer, intersex and two spirited community and allies is new territory for many sport organizations. Go to LGBTQI2S for quality resources.
Quality sport doesn't just happen, but occurs through intentional preparation. Sport New Zealand believes that quality sport, opportunities and experiences are vital to enrich and inspire the lives of young people by creating a lifelong love of sport. To this end, they have developed a great graphic of Young People's Quality Indicators. Sport for Life identifies that quality sport and physical activity are achieved when the right people do the right thing at the right time. Their ideas are presented in a Quality Sport Checklist. Together, these two resources enable all organizations to advance quality sport. How's your organization doing?
New Sport for Life for All Newcomers to Canada Resource
The Sport for Life Society has published the Sport for Life for All Newcomers to Canada resource, through support from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. Newcomers to Canada come with a unique inventory of sport and movement skills and, like all Canadians, require an individualized approach to enhance their own level of physical literacy through quality, stage-appropriate experiences. This resource is a guide developed for organizations, highlighting possible solutions to barriers and opportunities to support newcomers in sport and physical activity.
Automotive Insurance and Sport Organizations: Why you need to be informed
The Sport and Law Strategy Group has just released a very insightful blog regarding automobile insurance that should be read by every sport volunteer, employee and board member. Find it @ http://ow.ly/fdXN30hetqQ
Live Active: A Collaborative Strategy for Active Living, Active Recreation, and Sport in Edmonton 2016-2026
The Live Active Strategy was developed through extensive consultations over the past 2 years including representatives from active living, active recreation, sport and multi-sector organizations, and the general public. On Tuesday November 29, Edmonton City Council approved the Strategy. The Executive Summary is available here.
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