Alberta Coalition for Healthy School Communities Website
The Alberta Coalition for Healthy School Communities (ACHSC) promotes and fosters healthy school communities through a comprehensive school health approach that enhances the health of Alberta children and youth. For more information and to get involved, visit: http://www.achsc.org/
ACTive is the Canada-wide Strategy for the development of Girls and Women through Physical Activity and Sport, led by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) in partnership with Canadian Heritage (Sport Canada) and Health Canada. Let's increase the participation of girls and women in physical activity and sport. We challenge every Canadian girl and woman to get ACTive. To join the ACTive network, go to (www.caaws.ca) or read more about ACTive.
Active Healthy Kids Canada
All Canadian children and youth need access to quality physical activity programs in order to value, participate in, and make a lifelong commitment to active healthy living. For more information, visit the Active Healthy Kids Canada web site at (www.activehealthykids.ca).
Always Active! Moms, Babies, and Families is an activity guide for prenatal and postnatal mothers, their babies, and families. It was developed to help families be active throughout life. The guide also includes special information about pregnancy.
CAAWS' Mothers in Motion
Mothers in Motion aims to get new Moms back into a physical activity routine or to get them active for the first time after giving birth. It also focuses on helping women to eat smart and get their families moving! Mothers can learn how to incorporate physical activities into daily life, what type of activities encourage families to be active together, as well as how to feed the growing, athletic teenager who may be eating them out of house and home! Visit the CAAWS Mothers in Motion website.
CCAA Coach Mentor Program for Female Graduating Students - Athletes
The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) has launched its new Female Coach Mentor Program. The Female Coach Mentor Program for graduated student-athlete coaches will target potential coaches in the ranks of graduating student-athletes and developing new coaching positions to attract these women. The CCAA is promoting that one member of each women's sport program's coaching staff be female. Incentives will be offered to institutions that offer CCAA graduating student-athletes coach positions on their coaching staff within the CCAA sports of soccer, volleyball, basketball and badminton. For more details on this program visit www.ccaa.ca
Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living
Research indicated that Canadians were unaware that physical inactivity is a serious risk factor for premature death, chronic disease and disability, a magnitude of risk comparable to that of smoking. The Guide provides a rainbow of physical activities that can help you have more energy, move more easily, and get stronger. For more information, visit the Health Canada website.
Coaching Association of Canada
The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) has announced the publication of a ground breaking new book which provides an extensive and frank exploration by leaders in women's coaching of the values women bring to the coaching profession.
Social and economic barriers prevent some young people from participating in organized sport. Provincial and territorial sport federations have created KidSport to help overcome these obstacles. KidSport identifies needs in the community, raises funds, and supports programs that allow young people to participate in sport. For more information, visit the KidSport Alberta website.
ON THE MOVE
On the Move is a national initiative designed to increase opportunities for inactive girls and young women (ages 9-18) to participate and lead in sport and physical activity. OTM is an innovative programming concept that advocates for female-only, participant-driven, community-specific programs, and questions traditional models of service delivery. OTM is also a national network of professionals involved in female-only programming, and individuals and organizations concerned with the health and well-being of girls and young women. The network is a resource for information about the importance of increasing girls' and young women's participation, and shares program successes and challenges. For more information, visit the CAAWS OTM website.
Physical Activity and Heart Disease and Stroke
Being physically active in the years before menopause considerably reduces a woman's risk of heart disease and stroke - and, say the experts, the earlier you start, the better. For more information, visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation website.
PlaySport is a website for recreation providers, physical activity promoters and educators designed to help kids, ages 6 to 12, develop an understanding and competency of the skills and strategies associated with playing sports. PlaySport features a variety of fun and adaptable activities designed to teach kids games by playing games. The PlaySport activities are available for you to download and print-out for free on www.playsport.net.
Pregnancy and Physical Activity
Current data suggest that a moderate level of regular exercise during a low-risk pregnancy has minimal risk for the fetus and beneficial metabolic and cardiorespiratory effects for the exercising pregnant woman. This position statement also includes specific recommendations about exercise in pregnancy. For more information, visit their website.
Raise money for Dove's Self-Esteem Fund
Send a web link to family and friends, and you can help raise money for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC). Dove has launched its Self-Esteem Fund to support a range of projects designed to develop and maintain healthy self-esteem for girls and women. The Fund was launched with an advertisement calling for a redefinition of beauty and a strengthening of girls' self-esteem. Visit the website to find out more information.
Sport Canada Policy on Women in Sport
Sport Canada is a branch of the International and Intergovernmental Affairs Sector within the federal Department of Canadian Heritage. Sport Canada supports the achievement of high performance excellence and the development of the Canadian sport system to strengthen the unique contribution that sport makes to Canadian identity, culture and society. For more information about Women in Sport, visit the Sport Canada website.
Sport Participation Initiative Grants
The Sport Participation Initiative (SPI) is a joint program between the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation and Sport Canada to enhance and increase sport participation for under-represented groups such as girls, women, the Aboriginal population, the disabled, the economically disadvantaged, and those challenged by geographic limitations. Grants are available to Provincial Associations.
Teenage Girls: How Can They Be Physically Active and Still Be Cool?
See this article by the Alberta Centre for Active Living