Physical Literacy for Communities

The Issue

The new generations are at risk of a shorter lifespan than their parents if we don't act now. The risks are: poor quality of physical, cultural, intellectual, social, and mental health.

The Solution

The solution Physical Literacy for Life is proposing is the alignment of five key community sectors, cooperating to deliver the what, the why, and how of physical literacy. The solution is supporting national, provincial, and municipal stakeholders supporting knowledge transfer and implementation of Physically Literate Communities.  Physical Literacy for Life is aggregating years of sectoral program, product, and service knowledge in order to provide a clear, concise, and intentional healthy community pathway.

What does Physical Literacy in a Community Look Like?

A community where all our parents, teachers, coaches, and practitioners are informed and supported. A community where all our seniors are vibrant active. A community where all our children feel healthy, happy, and thriving. It takes a community to raise a physically, socially, intellectually, mentally, and emotionally healthy child.

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Physical Literacy for Communities in the Making

British Columbia

The Peace Arch Hospital Foundation has embarked on a five-year project dedicated to investing in a healthy community where people are committed to physical, social, and mental well-being.  The residents of South Surrey White Rock will be the beneficiaries of this unique and innovative health promotion project which includes the goal to see 33,000 children, youth, adults, and seniors increase their confidence, competence, and motivation to be physically Active for Life.

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The Cowichan Region has equipped itself to deliver sustainable physical literacy programming and improve the health and achievements of its citizens by committing to the PLAYCowichan initiative. In doing so, the Cowichan Region is taking confident steps towards its vision that “Cowichan has continuous improvement in physical literacy”. Bringing education, training, and mentorship to its community members and stakeholders, the Cowichan Region aims to establish leadership around developing physical literacy in everything they do.

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The PLAYKamloops steering committee is taking bold steps towards leading physical literacy initiatives all across its city by committing to the Physical Literacy for Communities initiative. Similar to other communities that are on the leading edge of physical literacy, Kamloops has been investing in education, training, and programming support since 2011 to build a foundation upon which its active and healthy citizens can thrive.

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Activate Aurora began in 2014 when a group of almost 40 community leaders, spearheaded by Sport Aurora, collaborated to discuss how to move Aurora into a Sport for Life Community.  The Town of Aurora, with Sport Aurora and its partners, have progressed towards the goal of increasing the physical literacy and well-being of everyone in the community by striving to become “Canada’s Most Active Community”.

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The Hamilton Moves project will focus on training to build capacity in over 2,000 staff and volunteers to deliver effective physical activity and quality sport programs for children aged 0-10 years including recreation, sport, education, and health in the City of Hamilton. They will build on the collaborative work completed by community partners in Hamilton to increase physical activity and sport participation of these children through a physical literacy approach.

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Active Sudbury’s Moving and Learning Together project will facilitate the enhancement of a multi-sector strategic alliance through networking and collaboration called “PLAY groups”. This alliance’s intent is to increase individual’s (all citizens) physical activity levels and sport participation through a “developing physical literacy approach” within the City of Greater Sudbury. The focus will be building the capacity of over 1600 staff and volunteers through training to assess and deliver evidence informed, high quality programs in four identified sectors: Education, Sport & Recreation, Health and Early Years.

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