Kids Score a “D” in Physical Activity Levels

Summertime can be full of active, outdoor activities for children—camping, swimming, biking and much more. However, many children also find themselves at home sitting around without a lot to do. The 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada report card on physical activity for children and youth indicates that kids ages 5-11 spend 7.6 hours a day being sedentary—that’s like a full-time job! How is this possible when 95% of parents report local availability of parks, outdoor spaces and public facilities or programs that offer the environment to get kids moving? Kids are engaging in all types of routine behaviours that feed this statistic, including things like more screen time and no longer walking to school.

With summer approaching, consider what you and your kids can do to improve on this failing grade. Warm weather is a great reason to get outside and get moving. Check out local parks and amenities that will help keep kids off the couch this summer. “Summer camps are the perfect opportunity to help get kids active and outdoors, and away from TVs, tablets and computers,” says Cathy Poole, General Manager of Healthy Child Development for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. “At Y camps, kids receive an absolute minimum of 90 minutes of physical activity each day—sports, games, swimming, whatever it is, we get kids moving and having a whole lot of fun at the same time,” comments Poole.

Organizations like the Y are committed to helping families and kids live healthier lives, and summer camp programs like the ones they offer help do just that. How will your family stay active this summer?

For more information about YMCA summer camps, please visit vanymca.org/camps or contact 604-939-9622.

Kids Camp Expo 2014

Parents and kids won’t want to miss the Kids Camp Expo on March 2 in Vancouver at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street. This is an opportunity for the whole family to learn about all the fun camps available in our area and to meet directly with camp directors. There will be info on day and sleepaway camps, sports camps, arts camps and special needs camps all for kids aged preschool to eighteen years old.

The first 100 families get a complimentary swag bag of sponsor goodies and there is also free face painting and balloon twisting for children. On top of that, there are $3000 worth of prizes to be raffled and a speaker series for adults. Some of the speaking features are:

Helen Kelesi, Aka “Hurricane Helen” – 11:30 – 12:15

Formerly ranked the #13 Top Women’s Tennis Player in the World – by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). Speech Topic: Bring out the world class athlete in your child this summer- Top Tips from a National Tennis legend

Sydney Badger – 1:00 – 1:45
Sydney Badger Cuisine Inc.  Cooking Instructor, Personal Chef, Yoga Teacher & Outdoor Educator.  Empowering families through simple, healthy meals.  Speech Topic: Easy Healthy Snacks – Fuel your child for a fantastic summer!

Mirit Murad – Parent With Choice – 2:00 – 2:45
Family/Parent Coach: How to select the right summer camp and activities for your child this summer – Top Tips from a Parent Coach

If you can’t make it to the event, don’t worry! You can check out the Kids Camp Expo Online!

Visit Kids Camp Expo for more info.