In a world where children are sedentary, over-scheduled, and less likely to play outside, Active for Life helps Canada—and the world—raise physically literate kids. At activeforlife.com, parents, caregivers, educators, and coaches find fun activities, engaging articles, and free resources to get kids active, healthy, and happy.
If you’ve got a great idea for an article or resource, please contact our editorial team by emailing [email protected].
What type of articles and topics are we interested in?
Our goal is to help every child become physically literate, so that they will become active for life. From tips on how to get kids active, to reviews of products, programs, and more, if it’s about how the physically literate child is a happy, healthy, and successful child, we’re interested in publishing it. We also like interviews with parents, child specialists, scientists, and athletes who are good role models or can lead to informative pieces about health.
What to include in your pitch
Before submitting your ideas for consideration, please search our website and read any related articles on your topic. If your idea is similar to something we have published before, make sure you explain how you will bring a fresh perspective or build upon what we have in our archives.
For each idea you pitch, please include:
- A sample headline
- A brief outline summarizing your idea that illustrates the unique angle you will take (a few sentences or bullet points is fine)
In your submission, please include:
- A brief explanation why you are the right person to write this story (including relevant personal or professional experience)
- Links to 1-2 samples of your writing published online
If you have no prior writing experience, you may submit a completed article for our consideration, however only articles that meet our editorial quality standards will be published.
What to know about us before submitting
Active for Life is about more than just athletics. It’s about helping parents prepare kids for success in all aspects of life through physical literacy.
- Active for Life is about physical literacy not physical fitness.
- Active for Life is about fun not bootcamp.
- Active for Life is about skills not drills.
- Active for Life is about guidance not lecturing.
- Active for Life is about support not judgment.
- Active for Life is about development not competition.
- Active for Life is about inclusivity not exclusivity.
What is physical literacy?
Physical literacy is when kids have developed the skills, confidence, and love of movement to be physically active for life. Children develop physical literacy through active free play, especially outdoors, as well by participating in physically active activities such as sports, cycling, dance, or hiking.
The list of fundamental movement skills children need to acquire to become physically literate include (but are not limited to): agility, balance, throwing, catching, hopping, jumping, running, skipping, galloping, kicking, lifting and lowering objects, striking, and volleying.
How to help children develop physical literacy
Physical literacy is a life-long journey that begins in infancy. Babies and toddlers love to move, and this need for movement never ends. As children grow, the more they move, the better they get at it. As children develop new skills, they gain confidence and experience even more enjoyment when involved in physical activity.
Parents, educators, coaches, and other important role models can support children to develop physical literacy by:
- Providing lots of opportunity for kids to enjoy active play every day
- Encouraging children to try a wide variety of sports and physical activities in early childhood and beyond
- Developing active routines and habits for adults and children to get moving together
- Focus on fun more than fitness or achievements