Promising Practices in Physical Activity

  • Action Schools! BC - Contributes to the overall health, well-being, and physical literacy of children and youth by integrating physical activity, physical education, and healthy eating practices into the school community, with a goal of providing a foundation for life-long healthy living. The Action Schools! BC website is home to a vareity of resources to support healthy school communities.

  • Active Ottawa - An Ottawa-based cross-sectoral coalition that promotes physical activity and healthy eating through a partner network. This collaborative network aims to impact the health and wellness of Ottawa residents through a variety of initiatives reaching all ages.

  • Alberta Ambassadors - A cross-sectoral network of experts working together to implement CS4L across all sectors. The Alberta Ambassador network recognizes that physical activity is achieved through the connection and overlap between all four sectors (Sport, Recreation, Education and Health). Networks similar to the Alberta Ambassadors are being established in other Canadian provinces.

  • Changing Minds Changing Lives Programs - An initiative from the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and active across Canada, this seminar series is an educational program taught by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals as well as key influencers in the lives of Canadians with disabilities.
  • Ever Active Schools - An Alberta initiative linking Health with the Education sector. Its mission is to facilitate the development of healthy children and youth by fostering social and physical environments that support healthy, active school communities.

  • Exercise is Medicine® - Although not a Canadian initiative, the Exercise is Medicine movement warrants mention as a promising practice. Its vision is to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of disease prevention and treatment, and the movement is gaining momentum worldwide.
  • High Five® - Comprehensive quality standard for children’s sport and recreation programs. High Five has programs that are a sustainable standard and aligned with the principles of the Recreation sector. Through expanding its model to align with the Health sector, High Five is a promising avenue to strengthen cross-sectoral overlap and collaboration.

  • OSPAPPH & PRO Collaboration - Collaboration between the Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health (OSPAPPH) and Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) is an example of an existing partnership between the Health and Recreation sectors.
  • Play Safe Initiative - The Play Safe Initiative is a collaborative group committed to safe and healthy physical activity participation in sport, recreation and education environments.