Heartwarming Charity – KidActive
Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in Canada.
Heart disease occurs due to poor diet, smoking, and, of course, inactivity. It is this lack of exercise and action that are one of the primary reasons for obesity and lowered health, which increases the risk of developing heart disease… and this inaction starts in the childhood years. It has been found by Statistics Canada that in 2017 only 1/3 of children were meeting the physical activity recommendation – a total of 60 minutes of activity each day.
Although it may take years for heart disease to develop, it is crucial that we strive to improve our children’s health immediately! That is why this month’s heartwarming charity is KidActive! This amazing organization is taking charge by ensuring that kids in Canada are getting the physical activities they need to stay fit, happy, and healthy for years to come! Take a look at what this amazing charity is doing to improve heart health and mental health by getting active.
About this Charity:
“KidActive supports equitable healthy development and connects children and their families to safe, nearby built and natural environments that support accessible outdoor physical activity where they learn, play and live.”
In order to make a positive impact on children’s health and wellbeing, KidActive works on community design and access, supportive policies and systems, and natural and built environments to increase activity for children. All of these components of their ecomodel are put into place to “address the immediate physical and mental health issues facing Canada’s young people.” Through their work, KidActive is striving to develop healthy communities and offer opportunities for kids to improve their health. Take a look at what this wonderful organization is doing to support Canadian kids:
- Foster Development
In order for children to get the development they need (both physically and mentally), KidActive focuses on three distinct areas, these areas include:
- Active outdoor play
- Learning outside
- Active transportation
By focusing on these areas, they are encouraging physical activity that will inevitably improve each child’s mental health and physical wellbeing. KidActive assists by increasing physical activity levels through unique and fun outdoor activities, connecting children and their families with outdoor adventures, and developing partnerships that will further child development.
- Educate and Support
Improving the health and well-being of children starts with the actions of the adults in their lives. When they are taught and shown how to stay healthy and active by the influencers in their life, they are likely to go forward and continue a healthy lifestyle in the years to come. But to do this, those working with children need to be educated and supported. KidActive is greatly involved in the communities and schools to provide information and assistance to these individuals. They work alongside communities, schools, parents, and professionals by offering: tool kits, knowledge sharing workshops, offering school and summer programs, community engagement, and other workshops for new parents. With KidActive’s support, children can receive the correct information and support needed to live a life of fullness!
How to Get Involved:
You can get involved with KidActive through the following:
- Hosting a workshop in your school or workplace
- Invite KidActive to get involved with your community or municipality
- Share the ‘Play Again’ video at community events
- Register on the website
- Check out the blog
Why This Charity is Heartwarming:
With a focus on improving the health and well-being of children through physical activity, KidActive is changing lives! This charity is heartwarming because:
- By increasing kids physical activity, their risk for heart disease is reduced
- One of the primary causes for heart disease is physical inactivity. By increasing and encouraging a healthy lifestyle, KidActive is also promoting healthier hearts and a lowered risk for heart disease for kids in the future!
It is charities like KidActive that are truly making a difference for children across Canada, showing them how to be healthy and how to encourage a happy mind and heart!
It all comes back to the heart, and that is why we support the KidActive for everything they do to help Canadians!