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The Four Words Parents Need to Say to Their Kids

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

As a child, I built a wonderful bond with Mother Nature. Nowadays, when I look at the empty playgrounds and parks near my house, I can tell a lot has changed since my childhood. My parents encouraged my friendship with Mother Nature by telling me to "go outside and play" on a daily basis. Where have all the children gone?

Active Video Games Are No Replacement for Activity

Kelly Murumets | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada Living
Kelly Murumets

Lately, there's been a lot of buzz about active video games being a new tech solution to the inactivity crisis in Canadian kids. While active video games -- also called exergames -- may seem like a plausible way to get kids to exercise more, a recent review of academic literature suggests this may not be the case.

For Kids, Playing Is Not a Waste of Time

Kelly Murumets | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Kelly Murumets

Play is not only an easy, accessible and affordable way to get children more physically active, but it has the potential to improve a child's physical, emotional, social and cognitive well-being. It's not a frill or a waste of time. According to the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card, play has been shown to improve and foster motor function, creativity, decision-making, problem solving and the ability to control emotions.