David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

Governor General salutes physical literacy

Physical literacy has a new supporter: His Excellency David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada. On July 19, 2012, the Governor General was the guest of honour at a special launch event for a new children’s physical literacy program in Victoria. He spoke strongly in favour of programs to increase physical literacy among Canadian children … Continued

Disney limits junk food advertising

Children’s television just got a little healthier. Walt Disney Company will limit junk food advertising on the Disney Channel starting 2015, they announced this past Monday. “We want parents to know that the food products that we license and the ones promoted and advertised within our kids programming will be held to the same healthier … Continued

How to build a healthier, smarter student

This article is the second in a series of three at the Globe and Mail looking at children’s fitness and education. It poses the question “Are physically active kids better learners?” and discusses the state of physical education within the school system. It also describes how Canadian schools are just beginning to track the effect … Continued

move more, live longer

As parents, we’ve heard the expert’s opinion that because of poor life habits, today’s children may not live as long as their parents. This hasn’t been the case since medieval times. Last June, we launched the Active for Life campaign with a 30-second television spot titled “Recess”. In that video, children share alarming statistics about … Continued

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