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Physical Activity

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1. Inspiring Movement

Students who are physically active tend to perform better academically. Schools play an important role in encouraging active living. The policy framework and guidelines, Inspiring Movement: Play Well – Learn Well – Live Well (2010) is based on a Comprehensive School Community Health approach that promotes active living, including engaging students in healthy levels of daily physical activity. The document provides school divisions with the rationale for daily physical activity, some key understandings, a policy statement and the building blocks of physical activity in Saskatchewan. It also outlines the roles and responsibilities for ensuring daily physical activity and provides some assistance to those school divisions beginning their journey to promoting and establishing active schools.

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2. A Common Vision for increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary living in Canada: Let’s Get Moving

The Common Vision: Let's Get Moving has been developed for use by governments, schools, the private sector, researchers and non-government organizations. It addresses sedentary lifestyles and promotes physical activity in all its forms, types and levels of intensity through sport and recreation.

The Common Vision has been developed in four sections.

  1. The current state of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among Canadians;
  2. Five principles that guide all aspects of the Common Vision;
  3. Six strategic actions for all organizations and leaders; and
  4. What organizations, leaders and governments can do individually, and what everyone can do together.
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3. Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association – Framework for Recreation in Canada

The Framework for Recreation in Canada identifies common ways to think of recreation in Canadian life, based on clear goals, standards and principles. The framework has been endorsed by the Government of Canada; the Canadian, Provincial and Territorial Parks and Recreation Associations; and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The framework will assist communities, decision-makers, municipalities and the provincial government to:

  1. Encourage physical activity through recreation;
  2. Increase inclusion/access to recreation for individuals that face barriers;
  3. Connect people to nature through recreation;
  4. Create supportive physical/social environments to building strong, caring communities through recreation; and
  5. Ensure growth and sustainability through recreation.
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4. Active Saskatchewan - Schools in Motion

Schools and teachers, parents, guardians and community leaders have a significant influence on students' physical activity levels. The Schools in motion website includes resources, downloads and links to help teachers and students make physical activity a priority in the classroom. It has easy, fun and accessible ways to achieve at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day.

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5. Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA): After-School Time Period (ASTP)

The After-School Time Period (ASTP) is between 3 and 6 p.m. and has been recognized as a critical time for children and youth. Research shows an increase in youth physical inactivity, antisocial behaviour, screen time and poor eating habits during this time. The SPRA has developed an information directory for parents, schools, and communities on the sport, culture and recreational programs available in their area for young people during the ASTP.

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6. Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP): Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines

The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth encourages Canadian children to "Sweat, Step, Sleep and Sit" the right amount of time in an average 24-hour day. Tools and resources are available to help with sleep, sedentary behaviours and physical activities that support their healthy development and promote an active lifestyle.

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7. ParticipACTION – Build Your Best Day

ParticipACTION has developed an interactive web experience for children that allows them to Build Your Best Day. Kids imagine a day where they can do anything, while learning about the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines. Great resources like fact sheets, posters and games are available for parents and educators to teach kids how to make every day their "Best Day."

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