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Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines: Help us Reach 1,000,000 Steps!

On YMCA Healthy Kids Day (Sunday June 3, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm), join us in reaching our goal of 1,000,000 steps as a Healthy Kids Day community! Registration opens at 10:45 am, pick up your YMCA pedometer & passport, and explore the wide range of activities we have to offer that will promote a healthy, active lifestyle for your entire family.

According to the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth, a healthy 24 hours includes moderate to vigorous physical activity (sweat), light physical activity (step), uninterrupted rest (sleep) and sedentary behaviour (sit).

Sweat

Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity

An accumulation of at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity involving a variety of aerobic activities. Vigorous physical activities and muscle and bone strengthening activities should each be incorporated at least 3 days a week.

Step

Light Physical Activity

Several hours of a variety of structured and unstructured light physical activities.

Sleep

Uninterrupted 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night for those aged 5-13 yrs & 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14-17 yrs, with consistent bedtimes and wake-up times.

Sit

Sedentary Behaviour

No more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time and limited sitting for extended periods.

Our challenge to the community on YMCA Healthy Kids Day is to participate as a family in activities that promote each of the above healthy components. Get your “sweat” on with Family Box Fit, “step” in to the Y for Family Track Time, “sleep” easy at night after an afternoon of Family Yoga and “sit” down and spend quality family time learning a new skill like Robotics!

At the end of the event, record your number of steps and submit your passport for a chance to win prizes and help us reach 1,000,000 steps!

Click here for our full Activity Schedule

Becoming a Healthy Family at YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Each year, the YMCA of Oakville participates in YMCA Healthy Kids Day, a national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families across Canada. Our 2018 YMCA Healthy Kids Day event is taking place on Sunday, June 3 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA, 410 Rebecca Street.

 But what do “healthy kids” look like? And what role does the Oakville Y play in helping families improve their health?

To answer these questions, we first need to look at what it means to be healthy. Health is so much more than being able to swim a certain number of pool lengths, more than running a 5k, more than winning the basketball game. A healthy family is a family that is connected to each other. A healthy family learns together. A healthy family feels like they belong to their community.

We are so excited to have partnered with local agencies and organizations for YMCA Healthy Kids Day to bring you FREE activities for the whole family!

Through events like YMCA Healthy Kids Day, we give families the chance to belong and explore new opportunities. Join us on Sunday, June 3 and see how YMCA Healthy Kids Day and discover how your community supports you on your path to health.

Click here for our full Activity Schedule

Making Real Life Connections at Outdoor Camp

Making Real Life Connections at Outdoor Camp

It can be hard to pick the right summer camp for your child. Sports, swimming, science, art, music and hundreds more – the options can seem overwhelming.

 

If you’re still looking for a summer camp program for your child, consider the power of traditional outdoor camp experiences like archery, canoeing, swimming, fishing and campfire cooking.

Camp experts at the YMCA of Oakville know first-hand the long-lasting benefits of outdoor camp experiences. Unplugging from technology and spending time in the great outdoors encourages kids to form meaningful friendships, make decisions and work together as a team.

According to Lisa Rankin, Vice President of Child Care, Camp and Community Initiatives, “At outdoor camps like Valens, kids unplug and make connections in real life. They have the chance to build social skills, confidence and independence. Research* also suggests that giving kids the chance to connect to the natural world contributes to their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.”

Children who spend time outside also sleep better. Research also shows there is a direct connection between quality outdoor time and ample sleep which promotes learning, focus and cognitive development. When kids spend time outdoors, they develop a deeper sense of the world around them. They learn more about themselves and what they are capable of as they connect through their senses.

For more information on YMCA summer camps at Valens Conservation Area, click here!

*From How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014)

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Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines: Help us Reach 1,000,000 Steps!

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Becoming a Healthy Family at YMCA Healthy Kids Day

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