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PARTICIPACTION COMMUNITY BETTER CHALLENGE RESULTS ARE HERE! In the month of June, ParticipACTION Challenged all of Canada to track their physical activity minutes on their app to see who Canada’s most active community is. The community of Barrington finished 2nd place in Nova Scotia, and 50th place in all of Canada. I would like to thank everybody who represented Barrington in the Community Better Challenge. This community is one of the most active communities in Canada!
Curious to know if you are moving enough? Check out the 24 hour guidelines for canadians that was developed by the Canadian Society for Exersice Physiology. They have guidelines for
Are you looking at ways to move more throughout the day? Try the 10 minute walk method,It is easy! Walk 10 minutes, 3 times a day! The best way to ensure you get your three 10 minute walk is to walk immediatley after your breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can do this anywehre! Learn more about 10 minute walks by clicking here.
The Municipality of Barrington values the importance of outdoor unstructured play. When we are talking about outdoor unstructured play, we are referring to risky pay and nature play. This play normally happens where natural elements are present- such as water and mud, rocks, sticks, hills, forests, and natural loose parts such as pine cones, leaves, grass etc. This sort of play is self directed and exploratory. This means that the child is in charge of the play and directs how they are playing. This sort of play includes some element of risk. Outdoor play provides thrilling and exciting forms of play that involves uncertainty and potential for physical injury- which can be good. It is good for children to test their limits, explore boundaries and learn about injury risk. Click here for more information on a overview of risky play.
Another way the Municipality of Barrington is supporting outdoor unstructured play is through our Loose Parts Play shed initiative. We currently have one Loose Parts Play Shed located at the Sherose Island Playground. The Shed houses plenty of Loose Parts items such as tires, stumps, ropes, tunnels, crates, cooking supplies, etc. The reason loose parts play is important for children is because the items allows the kids to be in charge of the play. They can use and adopt the equipment as they please, which enhances their creativity and development. Loose parts play also develops problem solving skills and competencies needed for later academic skills. If you want to learn more about loose parts play, click here.
Check out this infographic on the adults role in supervising outdoor unstructured play by clicking here
Are you and your children looking at ways to stay active at home? Click here for some ideas to be active in your backyard! Click here