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October 5, 2013

As part of the Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Series, Physical & Health Education Canada has developed collections of videos to help provide visual portrayals of the movements discussed in the corresponding FMS handbooks.

The videos provide instruction in, and demonstration of, fundamental movement skills and competencies. More specifically, these short videos display children completing the selected fundamental movement skills from various angles, in addition to providing freeze frame...

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September 25, 2013

Part of the Skillful Movement goal in physical education includes expanding students' awareness of what the body does, where the body moves, how the body performs the movement, and with whom or with what the body moves.  These understandings are referred to as the Movement Variables.  During elementary physical education (K-5) years, emphasis is placed on establishing a movement vocabulary and on the understanding and use of movement concepts from each of the four categories: Body, Space,...

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September 20, 2013

Parents, how did you get to school when you were a kid?  As the story went, “I walked to school, up hill, both ways, every day, even in the winter!”  How are youth getting to school in 2013?  A report titled, “Are we driving our kids to unhealthy habits?” (Active Healthy Kids Canada) would suggest the youth of today are being driven on many occasions.  In Canada, a recent survey found that although 58% of parents walked to school when they were kids, only 28% of their children walk to school...

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September 9, 2013

Sara Smeaton has written the following article for Active for Life .   As a parent, how many items from this list of 10 ideas can you check off?  As a community leader, are there connections to what is being done in your community?  Sara writes:

One thing I’ve learned about raising active children is that the love of moving needs to be taught and encouraged, exactly the same way we teach and encourage our children to love to read. The second thing I’ve learned is that there isn’t just one...

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August 13, 2013

How important is play?  Are kids getting enough recess in a school day? The following article written by Holly Korbey discusses the idea of free play and obstacles schools face with recess...

Elementary students in the state of New Jersey may soon have cause to rejoice: state legislators are trying to turn 20 minutes of daily recess into law, making outdoor play a mandatory requirement for all students from kindergarten through fifth grade. And according to the bill, recess can’t be taken...

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March 21, 2013

The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence is recognized as a world leader in high performance sport development, innovative community programs, sport and exercise education and applied research and innovation.  PISE recognizes the importance of developing physical literacy starting at a very young age.

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March 15, 2013

Introduction to Physical & Health Literacy is the first video in the three part series and is intended for children aged 4-9. In this video, children will be introduced to the concepts of physical and health literacy. A general overview of both terms will be introduced and defined in order to help children and youth build the ground level knowledge needed to lead a healthy and active life every day.  Created by Ophea.  

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March 5, 2013

By definition, physical literacy comprises a complex blend of movement skills, physical awareness, cognitive understandings and even general attitudes about physical activity and sport. Researchers who study the subject produce sophisticated tests and measures for deciding who is physically literate and who is not, and they have a laundry list of criteria that they examine in the process.   But what about the average parent? Is there any quick way to assess if your child is on the road...

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March 2, 2013

OTTAWA, ON - Physical and Health Education Canada released a report that details the results of a public opinion survey of Canadians and parents on issues of physical education, health education, and physical activity. The findings paints a picture of broad-based support for greater investment in physical and health education. 

The survey was conducted between June 25th and 28th by Ipsos Reid. According to the findings, two-thirds (64 per cent) of Canadian parents believe more time devoted...

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February 13, 2013

The following blog post was written by Dr. Dean Kriellaars.  Dean Kriellaars (BPE, MSc, PhD, CEP) is faculty at the University of Manitoba and a scientist at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. Dr. Kriellaars has received two University of Manitoba Presidential Outreach awards for meritorious community work and recently was awarded the Campbell Award for longstanding community service. Provincially, he was recognized for his outstanding activities in building community wellness in the...

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