- August 16, 2012
Last May, Clean Air Champion Crystal Phillips certainly set an amazing example by cycling 180 km one way to deliver an HSBC Clean Air Achievers presentation! Not only did Crystal cycle all the way from Calgary to Blackfalds in Alberta, she cycled all the way back home once the presentation was over! Now that is active transportation!! Crystal just sent us the picture above which shows her on her adventure.Looks like it was a great bike ride!
I am certain the students at Iron Ridge Junior Campus were inspired by her efforts and dedication. Maybe one of them will have been inspired to the point of becoming an Olympic athlete in the future, caring about his or her health as well as the health of the planet! Who knows? But what's most important is that each one of us, on a daily basis, do what we can to be healthy and happy!
This is just one great success story Clean Air Champions' programs. During the 2011-2012 school year, we reached over 17,000 students across Canada with our dynamic presentations from our Clean Air Champion athletes. We are busy preparing for the 2012-2013 school year and will be promoting our programs in the very near future. Stay tuned and register early as spaces are limited!Posted In: Active Transportation
- May 18, 2012
Summer is just around the corner and parents are busy organizing what activities their children will participate in this summer. For many parents it's a matter of getting their children involved in activities that keep them active and off the couch.
Consider getting youth involved in activities where physical fitness is a big part of the day. We know that the Active Healthy Kids Canada 2011 report card indicated that only 7 percent of Canadian children and youth are meeting the new Physical Activity Guidelines of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day. Physical activity is not only important for physical health but it also helps to improve self-esteem, provides social interaction and develop leadership and self-motivation skills. Any individual who has made physical activity and sport a priority in their life knows the many positive personal, emotional and physical skills it has helped them to develop.
Do some research in your area and find camps and activities that youth can participate in that will help them to develop these essential life skills. If you want to get youth active right away, think about the many local races that are starting during this busy spring season. In the Ottawa region, we have the Kids All Terrain Triathlon happening on June 16, 2012 at the Baxter Conservation Area in support of the Sweet Dreams Foundation. For more information or to register for the event, visit instrideevents.com. The City of Ottawa is also offering a TRI Triathlon camp at Mooney's Bay for boys and girls ages 8-14. For more information or to register, click here and navigate to page 28 for camp details.
Have a safe, happy and ACTIVE summer!
- April 5, 2012
The Fourth Annual National Healthy Schools Day in Canada is fast approaching on April 24, 2012! This fantastic initiative gives Canadians schools an opportunity to address and celebrate the importance of healthy and happy environment among students, staff and any other members of the school community.
As you may be well aware, unhealthy living and inactivity have become somewhat of an epidemic in Canada. Three out of five children and youth (age 5 -17) are not active enough for optimal growth and development (Childhood Obesity Foundation). We are also aware that school air quality can be poor and many schools used toxic cleaning materials that students are exposed to. We need to come together to make positive change!
National Healthy Schools Day provides schools with the opportunity to participate in healthy living and healthy school environment projects. How can your school participate? Students can combine getting active and helping the environment by having a school yard clean up race. Or you could meet with staff and custodians and target toxic cleaning supplies and look for healthier alternatives. There are lots of great ideas! Take a look at this idea list developed by the Healthy Schools Day in Canada team.
Show your support of Healthy Schools Day in Canada by registering your project or initiative on the Project Registry List. For more information on Healthy Schools Day in Canada please visit http://www.casle.ca/HealthySchoolsDay/tabid/85/Default.aspx
- January 20, 2012
If you haven't heard of the mobile app, CO2G0, you should check it out! The Senseable City Lab at MIT developed this fantastic app for your smartphone that calculates your carbon emissions in real-time while on the move. It does so by automatically detecting your mode of transportation while tracking the distance you have traveled.
And the capability of this app does not end there! Users can share their low carbon emission routes with other users, providing alternatives to regular routes. Users can also challenge each other in real-world game situations. And finally, the app informs users about calories burned, offering an insight into health issues while on the move.
Get more information and check out a short tutorial video here.
Just another great tool to add to the box promoting active transportation and personal health!
Note: This app may not be currently available for all types of Smartphone. From our research, we believe it's available on Android. If you can download this app and try it out, we'd love to hear from you! E-mail us at .Posted In: Active Transportation
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