Growing Healthy Bodies

60 Minute Kids’ Club Amalgamates with Sport for Life Society

The Sport for Life Society is excited to announce that the organization amalgamated the operations of 60 Minutes Kids’ Club into its suite of programs and services

The Sport for Life Society is recognized as the international experts on the Sport for Life movement, Long-Term Athlete Development, and physical literacy development. 60 Minute Kids Club is a program that has helped more than 78,000 elementary students from over 400 schools across Canada learn healthy habits over the past six years.

Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada

Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada was released by the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology in March, 2016. 

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From the news release:

Urgent Action Needed to Fight Rising Obesity Rates in Canada
There is an obesity crisis in this country. Canadians are paying for it with their wallets — and with their lives.

But there is hope.

An extensive study conducted by the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology charts a course to a leaner, healthier future.

Over the course of nearly two dozen meetings, the committee heard expert testimony from a range of Canadian and international stakeholders including individuals representing health and exercise professions, diet and health research sectors, food and beverage industries, Aboriginal groups, health charities, as well as the federal government.

The committee’s findings show the vast scope of this epidemic:

  • Each year 48,000 to 66,000 Canadians die from conditions linked to excess weight;
  • Nearly two thirds of adults and one third of children are obese or overweight; and
  • Obesity costs Canada between $4.6 billion and $7.1 billion annually in health care and lost productivity.

This report describes an innovative, whole-of-society approach to address this important issue — and urges bold but practical steps that can and must be taken to help Canadians achieve and maintain healthy weights.

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. 

60 Minute Kids' Club and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame announce partnership

60 Minute Kids' Club and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame partner for greater physical literacy levels and participation in sports of Canadian kids

Vancouver, BC - 60 Minute Kids' Club and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame are pleased to announce their partnership to support greater physical literacy levels and sports participation of Canadian children.

The partners have rallied around their core competencies and a common purpose: to help kids become physically literate, with the skills that enable participation in sports from an early age and throughout their lives. Such skill development has fallen off significantly over the past decades. 60MKC and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame have come together to ensure Canadians are supported in reaching physical literacy by focusing on children and youth.