• Immediate impact on activity levels of participants
• Increased enjoyment of physical activity through exploring different types of recreation activities
• Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
• Introduce physical activity into activities focused in other areas – such as going for a walk to study nature, gardening, dancing, fishing etc.
• Expose participants to a variety of activities (e.g. sports, dance, structured and unstructured movement activities, free gym time, active games) that not only get participants active, but also reinforce that being active can be fun.
• Ensure program leaders are aware of the importance of adequate physical activity and developmentally appropriate physical activity options.
• Select developmentally appropriate physical activities that emphasize enjoyable participation and something that the children and youth themselves want to do.
• Offer a variety of physical activities to engage a maximum number of youth and promote skill development.
• Engage people in the community to lead activities: secondary school students to lead a hip hop class, physical education teachers, local coaches, sports figures, role models, elders.
• Expose participants to sport activities.
Assessment of outcomes:
• Observed or reported behaviour changes such as an increased interest in participating in physical activities
This is a required element of the program to increase daily physical activity for children and youth. Research shows that children and youth need 60-90 minutes per day of moderate or vigorous physical activity to maintain a healthy weight.
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