Tell us what you need!

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Tell us what you need!

We want to make it easier for you and your kids to be active in the Region of Waterloo.

Physical activity is necessary for a healthy life. It affects all aspects of well-being, including physical, psychological, social, and emotional health. These benefits apply to people of all ages, races, genders, and abilities. Further, sports teams, dance companies, and other group environments offer camaraderie and team development that are not experienced in other aspects of life. Research shows that physical activity may be integral for healthy development in infants and children. As we do more research, we discover how important it is for people to be active, not only to have a healthy body, but also to develop important social and interpersonal skills.

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24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth

It is recommended that young people aged 5 to 17 get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each day. These are activities that leave you breathing heavy, sweating, and feeling tired - think biking, playing soccer, dancing, and intensive games. That said, even light activity can be beneficial when included frequently throughout the day. Unfortunately, there are many barriers that make physical activity difficult, such as cost, location, accessibility, and most importantly, time. We know that physical activity is important, but it is still very difficult to incorporate it into day to day life. Recent research by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology found that only 9% of young people aged 5 to 17 actually attain these 60 minutes each day.

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The Sun Life Financial Centre for Physically Active Communities (CPAC) is hoping to make a difference in the lives of those living in the Region of Waterloo, specifically for families of school aged young people. CPAC has received funding from Sun Life Financial to help people in the Region of Waterloo to be more active. To do this, CPAC will arrange transportation to and from programs and camps, run programming before and after school, and fund the costs of programs for those in need.

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To better allocate these resources, CPAC wants to hear from you! If you are a caregiver for school aged children, CPAC would like you to complete its online survey. It will take about 20 minutes (you can save your progress along the way if you can’t get it done in one shot) and you will be contributing to tangible changes here in the Region of Waterloo. If you have any questions, you can read the consent form on the survey link OR you can e-mail Nicole (the principal investigator) at nreinders@wlu.ca. Click here to do the survey!