What do you expect from your coach? Participating in your first sport experience as a child can be overwhelming. Kids are filled with nervous excitement, fear of the unknown, anticipation about all of the new friends to meet. They have an endless list of unanswered questions.

Turning up to your first sport experience as a parent can be just as daunting. Studies have shown that parents have three main hopes when their kids join sports:

·       to build self-esteem;

·       to have fun;

Neale Gillespie | 10/22/2014


Arctic Wind Riders is betting that a new, adrenaline-inducing arctic sport called kite skiing will change the fact that only 8 percent of boys and 4 percent of girls in Canada are as active as they need to be -- and these numbers drop further in remote and low-income areas.  

Eric Clayton | 10/8/2014 |


You may have childhood memories of playing outside for hours with your friends until you were called to come in for dinner. Unfortunately, many children aren’t playing that way today. Playgrounds, schoolyards, neighbourhoods, and parks aren’t as busy they used to be.

Anonymous | 9/30/2014 |


We asked you to share your ideas for a healthier Canada and your response was tremendous. The Play Exchange received an astounding 422 ideas from across Canada for empowering people to make healthier choices. We thank everyone who participated for sharing your solutions for promoting active, healthy living!

Anonymous | 9/23/2014 |


Members of Canada’s Aboriginal population are at a higher health risk than other Canadians. They are more prone to diabetes and 50 percent more likely to develop heart disease.

Mike Martignago | 9/10/2014 |


“Regular exercise prepared me well for the demands of astronaut life, and it will prepare explorers of the future for their challenges,” said Robert Thirsk, former astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency and director of the board for LIFT Philanthropy Partners.

Marzena Zukowska | 9/3/2014 |


While statistics show that participation in sport and physical activities is important to a person’s overall health, but how do we ensure all Canadians have access to these opportunities?

Courtenay Brennan | 8/27/2014 |


There’s no such thing as starting too early when it comes to forming healthy habits, according to the Healthy Beginnings for Preschoolers 2-5 team. They provide resources, training, and guidance to early learning practitioners that help ensure preschoolers are learning healthy eating habits and keeping active from an early age in in British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Quebec.

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) | 8/20/2014 |


When it comes to healthy living, changing age-old habits is not always easy. Today in Canada, one in four children is overweight or obese, and less than 7% of children are physically active each day.

Andreas Souvaliotis | 8/13/2014 |


Without decisive action, today’s children could become the first generation of Canadians to have shorter life-spans than their parents. The growing twin epidemics of physical inactivity and unhealthy eating is placing the health of Canadian children at risk and threatens to be a massive driver of heart disease, stroke and soaring health costs in the future.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada | 8/6/2014 |
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