What kind of sport activities are best for kids?

Q: I see ads for exercise programs geared at kids. Some do things like sit-ups and push-ups. Is this really necessary for children? What kinds of activities and exercises should I be looking at? If you have children between the ages of 5 and 10, you should look for a kids’ multi-sport program that focuses on … Continued

Active for Life Champions: Andrea Carey and PISE

Parents often wonder how to start their children in sports. What’s the right age? What kinds of activities are best for kids just starting out? Victoria’s Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) has a great answer. PISE runs a program for kids called the ABC’s of Physical Literacy. It’s fun, it’s affordable and because it … Continued

Steve Nash: the skateboarding basketball superstar

Steve Nash is a superstar in the NBA and a successful entrepreneur, but he’s also pretty good on a skateboard and with a soccer ball. Steve is living proof of what children can become when they develop physical literacy. He shows us his basketball, skateboarding and soccer skills in the video “Training Day”. Just a normal … Continued

Justin Bieber: The physically literate superstar

Canadian teen superstar Justin Bieber is known for hit songs like “Baby” and his concert film Never Say Never. On stage, he’s a great dancer and commands attention with his physical charisma. But growing up, Justin didn’t just spend all his time singing and dancing. He was also really active in sports like soccer, basketball, skateboarding … Continued

Are complete athletes the best hockey players?

In our January 2012 newsletter we featured a story about the Canadian National Junior team as they prepared for the 2012 Hockey World Championship. During breaks in practice, we asked the players about their athletic background. Many of them told us they played a variety of sports growing up, an indication that they developed physical literacy. We concluded that … Continued

Calgary Flames support physical literacy study

A couple of years ago, if you had done a Google search on the words “physical literacy”, you wouldn’t have found much. Today, the same search delivers more than 42 million hits. Reflecting the increased awareness of physical literacy and its importance to child development, the NHL’s Calgary Flames, through its Flames Foundation for Life, are supporting a new … Continued

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