Manitoba in motion

Families and Children

There are so many benefits to being active as a family. 

Why not experience the fun of being active together?  Be a family in motion

We play a very important role in our children's lives as parents and caregivers.  One of the best gifts we can give little ones is the gift of being active.  Regular physical activity helps children build the foundation they need for a healthy life. 

As parents and caregivers, we can:

  • educate children about the importance of physical activity and encourage them to be active
  • be an active role model - children learn from example
  • limit the time that children watch TV or play video/computer games
  • schedule a regular time for physical activity throughout the week and find places to be active at home, outside and in the community
  • look for ways to be active together and try new activities
  • volunteer to help with physical activity events at your child's school or in the community

To learn more about the physical activity requirements for children, check out the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Early YearsChildren and Youth.  It is a great resource to gauge whether your children are getting enough physical activity!

Not sure where to start - need some ideas to get the family moving?  Check out the great ideas section for some useful tips and ideas on being active as a family.

 

Tools and resources that can help your family get "in motion":

 Manitoba in motion resources:

    Kids in motion: An Early Start to Physical Activity for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

    Enfants en mouvement: Introduction à l'activité physique pour les bébés, les tout-petits et les enfants d'âge préscolaire

in motion Physical Activity Tracker for Children and Youth (246 KB)

en mouvement – Bilan des activités physiques pour enfantes

in motion Physical Activity Tracker for Adults (156 KB)

en mouvement – Bilan des activités physiques pour adultes (115 KB)

  Manitoba in motion I Love to Run jump, play, skate, dance:

    Student Guide

    Guide pour l'étudiant

    Family Guide

    Guide pour la famille

Winnipeg in motion resources:

    Wave Magazine, 60 minutes - That's all it takes every day for you and your family to gain a lifetime  of good health.

    Winnipeg in motion, Healthy Habits

Physical Activity Guidelines:

    Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Early Years (0-4 years)

    Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Children (5-11 years)

    Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Youth (12-17 years)

    Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults (18-64 years )

    Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults (65 years +)

Active Start one-page series written by Dr. Colin Higgs (Funded by Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council):

    Active Start 1- Why Active Play is so Important

    Active Start 2- Normal Child Development of Physical Skills

    Active Start 3- Encouraging Different Types of Play

    Active Start 4- Helping Children Play- The Adult Role Model

    Active Start 5- Play Activites- The First Year of Life

    Active Start 6- Play Activites- Ages One to Three

    Active Start 7- Play Activities- Ages Three to Six

    Active Start 8- Developing Agility, Balance and Coordination

    Active Start 9- Activity Milestones- The First Three Years

    Active Start 10- Activity Benchmarks- For 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds

Heart and Stroke Resources:

    Heart and Stroke, Heart Healthy Kids

    Heart and Stroke, Physical activity needs of children and youth

    Heart and Stroke, Fun and Fitness

ParticipACTION Resources:

    ParticipACTION, Fun Family Fitness Tips and Activities for Kids

    ParticipACTION, After School Activity Guide and Tracker

    ParticipACTION, A Parent's Guide to Activity

 Other Ideas:

    Story walk

    Snow time

in motion media:

Radio Spots:

    Active role models. Active kids. (30 seconds)

CTV Spots:

    in motion family (30 seconds)

    in motion family role model (30 seconds)

    in motion early start -babies, toddlers and preschoolers (30 seconds)

    in motion reduce screen time (15 seconds)

Posters:

    This season's active role models are Moms putting their best foot forward!

    This season's active role models are Dads setting new goals!

    This season's active role models are Grandmothers turning over a new leaf!

 Cette saison, ce sont les papas qui sont des modèles positifs 
 de comportement actif en fixant de nouveaux objectifs! 
 
 Cette saison, ce sont les grand-mères qui sont des modèles positifs 
 de comportement actif en prenant un nouveau départ!
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