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ParticipACTION releases annual report

- October 16th, 2011

9798873Loyal readers of this blog know that ParticipACTION, the not-for-profit national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada, ceased to exist in 2001 after government funding dried up.

But it was resuscitated in 2007, thanks to a $5-million lifeline from the feds (Sport Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada).

These days, the organization that was originally established in 1971 seems to be stronger than ever.

And that’s a good thing. In this era of skyrocketing obesity rates, ParticipACTION is needed more than ever.

Click HERE to see ParticipACTION’s annual report.

And here’s a message from the organization, which prides itself in being the “galvanizing force that moves Canadians to move more.”

Dear Friend of ParticipACTION,

We are delighted to share our 2010/2011 ParticipACTION Annual Report with you. The important programs we have launched in the past year with our incredible partners have moved us closer to our vision of making Canada the most active nation on earth.

Thank you to all our partners and supporters. Your ongoing commitment is crucial to helping us achieve our mandate of getting Canadians to move more, every day. To those who have supported, encouraged or embraced physical activity for themselves or on behalf of others, we salute you. You are helping us make a difference today and for future generations. And to every Canadian, we extend an invitation to join our cause. Together, let’s move Canada to get moving!

Yours in action,

ParticipACTION

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ParticipACTION back in nick of time

- February 2nd, 2010

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The not-for-profit national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada was forced to shut down in 2001 after government funding dried up.

But its death was shortlived.

ParticipACTION, originally established in 1971, was resurrected exactly three years ago this month, thanks to a $5-million lifeline from the feds (Sport Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada).

The organization, which prides itself in being the “galvanizing force that moves Canadians to move more,” has never been needed more than now.

Welcome back, ParticipACTION. You were sorely missed during that six-year hiatus.

Here are some tips provided straight from ParticipACTION for Canadians to integrate physical activity into their daily routines.

With your family and friends:

• Walk your dog and invite your family and friends to join you.

• Throw on a fun, upbeat CD or turn on the radio and dance to the music for at least 10-15 minutes.

• Walk to the store.

• Start a walking club with your neighbours and friends.

• Attend community events and fairs that offer physical activity opportunities.

With your kids:

• Get them to help wash and wax the car.

• Go out and play with your kids — play tag or catch, shoot hoops, kick the can, skip rope, jump hopscotch or hula hoop.

• Play musical chairs.

• Make a snowman, snow fort or igloo.

• Walk them to daycare, school or a friend’s house.

• Have a snowball fight.

• Fly a kite.

• Go to the local swimming pool.

• Get them a newspaper delivery route.

• Volunteer at a local food bank.

• Participate in a community charity walk.

• Volunteer to coach one of their sports teams.

• When watching your kids play sports, don’t sit on the sidelines, walk around the field or stadium.

• Take a bike ride.

• Go for a nature hike.

• Go fruit picking.

• Build an inukshuk.

• Have a pillow fight.

With your partner:

• Go dancing.

• Get up half an hour earlier in the morning and go for a walk together.

• Make love.

Around the house:

• Garden – prune, plant, water.

• Paint.

• Use a push mower instead of a power mower.

• Rake leaves.

• Shovel the snow.

• Clean out the garage or attic.

• Make housework fun. Dust and vacuum to your favourite music and dance along the way.

At work:

• Encourage coworkers to go for a short, but brisk walk at lunch.

• Instead of sending emails at work, walk to visit the person or hand-deliver messages.

• Replace your coffee breaks with walking breaks.

• Organize a walking club at work.