The 60 Minute Kids' Club

  • Christian Epistola posted

    Active Transportation

    As the weather gets warmer and the snow slowly starts to melt away, the Spring air promotes more activate transportation. Active transportation refers to the any form of human-powered transportation such as walking, jogging, running, in-line skating, skateboarding non-mechanized wheel chairing and biking


    Taking part in activate transportation will help maintain a healthier lifestyle by increasing physical activity and reduce the amount of money spent on gas, parking and public transit fare. Active transportation also helps the environment by reducing road congestion and reducing vehicle-related greenhouse gas emissions


    Many communities encourage activate transportation with different supports. Dedicated bike lanes and cycling paths. Racks and secure storage for parking bicycles. Precautions to ensure pedestrians, cyclists, and other active transportation users can integrate safely with vehicle traffic. Public transit facilities combined with pedestrian and cycling facilities. Diver education programs that teach us the rules of sharing the road with other. 


    With the change in weather, active transportation should be the  first choice of transportation. Walk or bike with your kids to daycare or school instead of driving them. Ride your bike to work instead of taking the car. And on your way to grocery stores take your kids and walk or bike together to get your shopping done. 


  • Christian Epistola posted

    Physical Literacy Checklist for Parents

    Physical literacy is a collection of basic movement and sport skills such as running, jumping, skipping, catching, throwing and kicking.


    The earlier children correctly learn these skills, the more “fluent” and confident they will be in physical activity. That confidence affects every part of their lives, from academic to social. With physical literacy, they’ll have more fun in a diversity of sports and they’ll be more likely to be active for the rest of their lives.


    Without physical literacy, children are much more likely to be physically inactive. This can lead to lower school grades, reduced confidence, lower self-esteem, poor social skills and significant health problems.


    Active for life has produced a short list for parents to assess their children’s physical literacy level. This list is comprised of of nine simple physical testes and questions.


    1. Forward roll - Can your child do a basic forward roll on the floor? This basic gymnastic movement demonstrates the degree of flexibility, coordination as well as proprioception.
    2. Flat-footed squat - Can your child perform a flat footed squat from a standing position? The flat-footed squat is considered a standard test of physical literacy by researchers and health practitioners. This movement indicates a blend of flexibility, co-ordination, balance and strength.
    3. Swim - Can your child swim? Is your child comfortable in the water? Water is one of the four key environments of sport and physical activity, along with land, air and snow/ice. This is an essential skill for lifetime safety around water
    4. Throw a ball - The ability to throw a ball is a good general indicator of a person’s physical coordination and development of movement skills. It involves a complicated mix of balance and coordination.
    5. Strike an object - Similar to throwing a ball, Striking an object such as a ball with a bat or a puck with a hockey stick, displays a combination of balance and co-ordination 
    6. Land from jumping - Does your child land with their knees aligned squarely above their feet and flex smoothly into a squat? If your child can land a jump reasonably well, then hopping and other fundamental movement skills are also probably little problem for them.
    7. One-leg balance test - Ask your child to stand on one foot for 30 seconds without losing balance. This is a great indicator of their sense of balance.
    8. Confidence to try sports - Kids who are physical literate feel confident trying new sports or physical activities. 
    9. Describe a movement in words - Verbal literacy is a part of physical literacy. Children who are physically literate should be able to describe and understand their movements 


    In short, if you can answer yes to these questions, your child is probably making good progress in developing basic physical literacy. For questions where you answer no, your child probably needs some attention in that area. 

  • Cidania Cutone posted

    How to keep kids active during Spring

    Yesterday marked the first day of spring and although the weather is cold and gloomy, we want to remind you to keep your kids active by getting them to go outside!

    Here is a list of 5 tips Paul Irish of the Toronto Star created to take advantage of the warm weather and get kids moving again. Use these tips to ensure your kids are sticking to their 60 Minutes Kids’ Club pledge and following our 6 healthy habits.

    1. Play: Encourage your children to go outside after school and play with their friends. It can be as simple as, going to the park or playing sports.
    2. Make family time active time: Set aside a regular time for you and your family to do something active every day. Go for a walk after dinner, visit the community pool on the weekends or go for a bike ride in the neighbourhood.
    3. Older kids: Enforce older kids to walk, instead of driving them to nearby destinations. If they are required to do volunteer hours for high school graduation, encourage them to complete these in an active environment.
    4. Track it: Track your kids’ progress on the 60MKC website and help them master our fundamental movement skills.
    5. Dress for success: Dress your kids in clothing and footwear that allows them to be active in any weather (ex. running shoes, rain boots, rain jacket, or warm winter gear) Fill their backpacks with equipment that will encourage them to play at recess (ex. soccer ball, skipping rope, tennis ball etc.)                                                          

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