St. Robert Catholic School, Ontario- London

Students and staff at St. Robert Catholic School in London are helping researchers find better ways to fight childhood obesity through NSTEP Eat Walk Live with Nutrition Ignition.  Led by principal investigator Dr. Danielle Battram of Brescia University College, this program is being made possible by a grant from GoodLife Kids Foundation.

“GoodLife Kids Foundation is committed to changing the future health of today’s kids through physical activity and healthy eating habits,” says GoodLife Kids Champion, Silken Laumann.  We chose to support this program because we recognize the vast potential it has to provide education and insight for Canadian schools in helping to promote regular physical activity and healthy eating habits in children’s lives.”

Students from grades 1 to 8 receive lessons from undergraduate students in kinesiology and nutrition that complement the existing school curriculum around health.  Newsletters, a health fair and a family take home challenge also help to involve parents and families.

Together, we can create a healthy future for Canadian kids

Click here to read more about this program.

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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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