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JUNE 2018

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For those of us with kids in school, June can seem like a full-on sprint to get everything done before the end of the academic year. Keep the finish line in sight and the slower days of summer will be there to greet you in just a few weeks. Then it's time to be active!

Top stories

6 tips for keeping kids active on long trips

Got some long drives in the calendar this summer? Start your planning now by following these tips from an experienced mom and you’ll be prepared to help your kids move and be happy, even during the longest rides.

Kids needs more outdoor play, says expert

Are your kids getting enough outdoor time? If not, this is the perfect month to experiment with getting outside more. Read advice from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom about how to do just that and why kids - even babies - will benefit.

Making use of loose parts

Did you know that “loose parts” is the latest trend when it comes to getting kids moving? What are loose parts and why are they an important theme in child’s play? AfL’s Jaime Neefs breaks down the “what”, “how”, and “why”, while demystifying the best ways parents can embrace this fun and important activity.

Hockey Canada president suggests kids take a break from hockey this summer

In this short video, Hockey Canada president Tom Renney is asking kids to spend the summer being active, having fun, and moving their bodies ... without playing hockey. Find out why he believes this is so important.

What would it look like if schools were “health hubs”?

In this guest post, teacher David Benay looks at what it would take for schools to share more of the responsibility for children’s health and wellness. He outlines a vision that we’d love to see rolled out in every school in Canada!

Featured activity

Celebrate Dad by getting the whole family moving for Father’s Day this year with our active printable coupon book. What dad wouldn’t love getting the gift of movement plus time?

Link of the month

For everyone who finds this last month of school overwhelming, these tips from a doctor and mom are a helpful reminder of how to keep your cool as the end-of-year pressures heat up.
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