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EduTOX Video Challenge winner Asha Mior, 14

EduTOX winner Asha Mior shares her adventures at the 2016 World's Largest Sandbox

The day that I found out that I won the EduTOX Video Challenge, I screamed. A $1400 scholarship and a trip to Ottawa? What an opportunity! 

In early June, my family and I travelled to Ottawa to attend the World’s Largest Sandbox Event! The event, which takes place on Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa, allows parliamentarians, non-profit organizations, and local kids to come together to raise awareness of the health of Canadian children.  

Towards Health and Reconciliation: Reflections from the Indigenous Health Conference

Madeleine Bondy of the YCRH at the Indigenous Health Conference

On May 26th and 27th I was fortunate enough to attend the Indigenous Health Conference at the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale Hotel on behalf of the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health and The Sandbox Project

The conference provided a fantastic opportunity to learn about current initiatives to promote the health of indigenous communities from across Canada.

Youth Lens on The Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing

The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, recently published a Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing. The Commission is a thorough look at the current global state of health and wellbeing among young people, and as a young person myself, I found it did great justice, uncovering truths and combining both research and the voiced needs of young people.

The Commission focuses, in part, on how law affects adolescents and their access to resources and services. Access is something that the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH) and the Young Health Program (YHP) have been investigating through the Health Rights and Responsibilities project that we are collaborating on.

A post-conference YCRH perspective

YCRH member Jacob Hill on his involvement with the YCRH and the 2016 Sandbox Project Conference 

I’m still not even sure how I got involved with the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH). Like many other Canadians I spent a quiet evening harmlessly scanning through my Facebook feed trying to sort out what to do with my life, ignoring “Candy Crush” requests when I came I across this organization. I had begun a journey into the world of massage therapy so anything with an aspect of health felt like a good investment for my career and resume. 

I clicked on the link to discover The Sandbox Project. Its mission to make Canada the safest and healthiest place for our youth to grow up was a statement I was eager to stand behind. I submitted my application and within a few weeks I was granted the honour of becoming a part of this group of talented individuals.

Reflections from Canadian Olympian Martin Reader ahead of the 6th Annual Sandbox Project Conference

Children and youth across Canada are facing real nutritional, physical, psychological and environmental challenges that will impact them for the rest of their lives. We as a nation have an opportunity and perhaps even a responsibility, to positively shift the course of overall child health. Fortunately, the answers are out there and on January 21st many of Canada’s leading minds and charities will be collaborating in the name of change. 

After retiring from the 2012 Canadian Olympic team to co-found StriveLife and begin coaching health and performance in life, I have come to recognize three simple situations which are better approached in sport. I believe these to be restricting us and encourage you to consider the lessons I have learned on my journey to the Olympic podium.