Tag: Physical Activity

Neuromuscular Training Warm Up for Injury Prevention

May 7, 2019

We all know that participating in physical activity and sport poses its own risk of injury, however most of these injuries are preventable.  A three year study in Calgary junior high schools with the partnership of the University of Calgary’s Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC) and Ever Active Schools showed that students who participated in a neuromuscular training warm up had a significant decrease in lower body injuries compared to their peers (Emery, et al., 2018).

Quality Recess Makes a Big Difference

March 28, 2019

Recently I read an article in which a mother details the conversation she had with her two sons about their experience with indoor recess through the cold winter.  The kids said that indoor recess was “more fun” and “more safe,” they liked it better.  This conversation lead to an article in the Globe and Mail titled “When Kids Dread Recess, We Have a Problem.”  You can read the entire article here.


Register Your School for Winter Walk Day 2019

January 10, 2019

Winter Walk Day is on February 6, 2019, get your school registered today!  Winter Walk Day is organized by SHAPE Alberta who vision is to see Albertan students choose Active Transportation for the school journey.  This one day event encourages people across Alberta to be active outdoors in winter.


Active Today, Active For Life

November 27, 2018

Ashley Fox, BKin, CSEP-CEP & Integrative Health Coach

University of Calgary, Be Fit For Life Centre

When it comes to leading a physically active lifestyle, the benefits are endless and the messages often seem simple, find something you like to do and you will be more likely to do it.

Keeping Girls in Sport

October 10, 2018

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport (CAAWS) and the Coaching Association of Canada have developed an online learning resource called Keeping Girls in Sport.  It is designed for organizations, coaches and youth activity leaders who help mentor and coach young girls.



Change Recess by Encouraging Students to Take on Leadership Roles

June 5, 2018

Recess is a very important time for students to reap the benefits of physical activity and to build strong social skills through play experiences.  However, many students are not getting an adequate amount of physical activity during this time.  What’s more, recess can also be a time where instances of negative behavior and bullying can rise.

Learning to Move and Moving to Learn – Physical Literacy at School

April 25, 2018

Leah Yardley BSc. Kin., CSEP-CEP
University of Calgary, Be Fit For Life Centre

We know that learning to move, through the development of fundamental movement skills and exploration of movement in various environments, helps us to develop physical literacy – but did you know that movement can help improve academic performance?


Connecting Physical Literacy and Nature

February 8, 2018

Leah Yardley BSc. Kin., CSEP-CEP
University of Calgary, Be Fit For Life Centre

When we talk about physical literacy, we are not just talking about the physical act of learning how to move, we also need to consider what motivates us to move. How do we develop a love for movement that will keep us coming back for more?

Start a Walking School Bus

December 14, 2017

Have you heard of a walking school bus?  The concept is simple and takes the school community back to a time when transportation to school provided children with additional physical activity.  Today’s children are 40% less active than they were 30 years ago.  Imagine if they utilized their travel to school time every day as an opportunity to get more active!  An average Kindergartner takes 77.6 strides per min, and they can walk 1 km in 15-20 minutes.


Risky Play – Worth the Risk?

November 6, 2017

We live in a society where “hyper-parenting” or “helicopter parenting” is becoming more prevalent. This style of parenting is seen as a way to protect children and lower their risk of injury and other incidents… but what if we are actually hindering their development and increasing their risk of injury and disease as they age?

Giving Children an Active Start

September 26, 2017

Developing physical literacy is an essential part of healthy child development. Children who are exposed to a multitude of movement experiences in a variety of environments are more confident and competent movers, thus giving them a greater chance of remaining active throughout their lifespan.