September 2014 Network Update

It's the start of a new school year, and with that comes a number of exciting updates from some of our partner organizations:

The Canadian Obesity Network (CON-RCO) has announced the 4th Canadian Obesity Summit – a unique interdisciplinary conference designed to share current understanding of the causes, complications, treatments and prevention approaches for obesity. Held from April 28 to May 2, 2015, The COS 2015 program will include plenary presentations, original scientific oral and poster presentations, interactive workshops and a large exhibit hall. Most importantly, COS 2015 will provide ample opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange for anyone with a professional interest in this field. Abstract submissions are now open! Click here for more information.

Mental Health Heroes, the current initiative of the CYCC Network’s Youth Advisory Committee, is calling on youth to share their stories of how they continue to overcome struggles with mental health, along with the experiences they've had with mental health services. All creative means of storytelling are welcome: the sky’s the limit. The campaign’s aim is to create an opportunity for everyone - including the professionals - to learn, grow, and together make a difference. Youth can submit their stories to Mental Health Heroes until Sept. 30 and stories will be featured anonymously on the website in October. For details, please click here.

In other CYCC news, the Network will present “Protecting Youth Mental Health: Practical Strategies for Violence Prevention” as part of the CAPHC webinar series. This webinar takes place on September 17 at 11 a.m. For more information, click here.  Follow the CYCC Network @CYCCNetwork.

On August 25, Active at School travelled to Iqaluit with Olympic Gold Medalists Hayley Wickenheiser, Kaillie Humphries and Charles Hamelin to inspire and motivate kids in the North, and to announce a new partnership with Recreation and Parks Association Nunavut. Also this month, the organization sponsored the Council of Federation meeting in Charlottetown to engage Premiers and senior government officials across the country in conversations about the importance of physical activity. AAS will be making an exciting announcement on Sept. 5 – to find out more, follow them @ActiveAtSchool.

Back to school is the perfect time to get kids excited about making healthy choices for the year ahead. The 60 Minute Kids' Club is a movement for movement, taking their knowledge about the benefits of physical activity and healthy habits and translating that into a concrete program of activity that provides over 50,000 K-8 students from schools across Canada with the opportunity to track their daily physical activity with their teachers and their families, and to move towards entrenching healthy habits in their lives. The next 60 Minute Kids Club school challenge starts Oct. 1. Please add your passion and momentum to this movement - sign up your school here. Follow the 60 Minute Kids’ Club @60MinKidsClub.

Partners of The Sandbox Project: If you’d like to see your organization’s updates on this site, please contact us.