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ParticipACTION highlights importance of sports in childhood fitness, health

Remember ParticipACTION from when you were a child? The health-and-fitness-promoting organization, a Canadian non-profit, is still going strong, advocating for us to all be active for the betterment of our health and well-being.

When it comes to children’s activity levels, ParticipACTION notes, “Research shows that children who don’t participate in organized sports exhibited higher emotional distress, shyness, and social withdrawal later than their counterparts.” The full 2020 report card can be accessed here.

ParticipACTION graphic

Sadly, the news is not good, as the report card “gives children and youth a D+ for overall physical activity and a D+ for sedentary behaviours.” The report adds, “Less than 1 in 5 children (5-11 year-olds) and youth (12-17 year-olds) in Canada are meeting national movement behaviour guidelines for physical activity, sedentary behaviours and sleep.”

The report goes on to highlight the importance of family working together to promote activity and health. Among the ideas for parents are…

  • Be an active role model
  • Prioritize active transportation (e.g., walking, cycling, wheeling)
  • Create a family media plan that includes screen-free times
  • Encourage more outdoor time

ParticipACTION has oodles of information and resources on its website. There is currently a program running called the Great Big Move, with prizes up for grabs to help encourage families and groups to be active.

The organization also offers a handy mobile app.

With the challenges of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit recognizes that some families and individuals may not be comfortable engaging in organized sports.

“Is your family opting out of organized sports and activities this year? That’s okay. Take ParticipACTION’s Active Family Pledge and discover new and exciting ways for the whole family to be active together.”

EOHU posting on Facebook

Another great resource is the ParticipACTION Facebook page.

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Summerstown Trails host ski-walking clinics

Offering a mix of exercises, fitness training, an introduction to the Summerstown Trails, and preparation for winter skiing, the Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) are offering clinics in ski-walking.

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Participants at the first ski-walking session, hosted at the Summerstown Trails. (FOTST photo)

Some 30 individuals took part in the first event on September 13 under the direction of instructor René Sauvé.

The group was keen to ensure that “All health measures were followed, with people wearing masks during the intro part, and keeping physically-distanced.”

The one-hour sessions are held each Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., rain or shine, at the Summerstown Trails, which are located at 6150 County Road 27 (Summerstown Road), north of Summerstown Station and the 401 interchange.

For more information, see this page on the FOTST website or send an e-mail at summerstowntrails@gmail.com

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Participaction providing daily Live Fit Break workouts on Facebook

The Participaction program has expanded to daily online workouts via Facebook to help us stay active and fit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participaction’s Facebook page can be found here. (Past video workouts are saved.) There is also a mobile app available.

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