The Museum, Ontario- Waterloo

The museum- waterloo.jpgThe Museum is leading the way as a vital community resource by showcasing local innovation, protecting the environment, celebrating imagination and bringing educational experiences to life through the power of collaboration.  Kid’s in Motion: A Healthy Start is a new program based on all of these characteristics and is the first curriculum based program related directly to health and nutrition that has been held at the Waterloo Regional Children’s Museum.  This program will teach the children the importance of respecting their body by eating healthy and being physically fit, and will also help to create a community of healthy young adults whose habits can be passed on to future generations.

The Kids in Motion program runs during the school year for students in junior kindergarten to grade 3 and grade 5. Teachers and students get ‘in motion’ during the museum visit and continue to stay engaged back in the classroom.

With assistance from GoodLife Kids Foundation over 1,000 students will have the opportunity to be inspired to lead a healthy and active life.

For more information on Kids in Motion: A Healthy Start please visit http://themuseum.ca/main.cfm

 

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The Confidence to Try #FEELGOODFRIDAY Lukas is a 10-year-old Raptors fan who plays basketball with his local chapter of Special Olympics, but it wasn’t that long ago that he was afraid to join a team. Lukas is an outgoing kid who likes to make friends and has always been very active. But his early experiences in organized physical activity were not positive. One of his biggest challenges with autism is struggling to follow directions in large groups. He was often told he was doing things wrong and even that he would embarrass the team. “These negative comments deflated his confidence, and he became afraid to try new things,” explained his mom Lisa. When he was eight, Lukas took part in the Sports of All Sorts program at the Geneva Centre for Autism. The supportive environment in the Sports of All Sorts program, funded by a GoodLife Kids grant, was a real game-changer for him. Constant encouragement and positive reinforcement gave Lukas a safe space to explore new activities without a fear of being judged. With one-on-one support he played basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf. “We’re so glad to make physical activity a regular part of Lukas’ life and we’ve found ways for him to continue practicing at home,” said Lisa. “We bought a tennis net for the backyard, and now that he’s not afraid, he loves to go to glow-in-the-dark mini-putt with his dad!” As Lukas turned around on the basketball court to wave to his mom, he gave her two big thumbs up and her eyes welled up with tears of joy. “Watching him enjoy himself, I’m overwhelmed with happiness and pride,” she shared. “He has talents! But most of all, he has regained a belief in himself – that he CAN do it – and that is so powerful.”

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