There are a number of barriers keeping children from getting the recommended amount of physical activity each day. Two main barriers affecting children’s physical activity are limited access to programs and the cost of physical activity programs. go!PEI offers resources for parents, communities, and schools to take advantage of to help get children more active and eating healthy.

go!Play Reminders:

  • Participate with the children. Children will be most likely to play a game if you are actively participating. They will also enjoy their experience more if you are involved instead of dictating rules all the time.
  • Everyone gets a turn. Be mindful of how many times a child has (ie) received the Frisbee, or been chosen as captain. Quite often, less active campers are left on the sidelines while more athletic or outgoing children dominate the game.
  • The score isn’t important. Whenever possible, try to limit the focus on "winning" or "losing" and concentrate more on having fun, and being active.
  • Re-invent any activity by changing the rules. Any game can be adapted to make it more interesting or more fun.
  • Learn games at all physical activity levels. Every group is different, and every day is different as well. Good counselors have a bag of tricks for the various personalities or weather conditions that they come across.
  • Encourage teamwork, fair-play, & sportsmanship. Set the rules - games are meant to be fun and should reflect the values of your program.
  • Stop games while children are still having fun. Campers will always want to return to a game that was stopped that they were enjoying. If you play a game until everyone is dropping out or becoming bored they will not want to play it again.
  • Let children lead games. Give children the opportunity to be the group leader. This helps build leadership skills, independence and self-esteem.
  • Eating healthy is important. Give children the opportunity to eat a healthy snack. You may choose to have your snack time at the beginning, middle or end of your lesson plan. Don’t forget to have a discussion about their healthy snack choices.
  • Don’t forget about water breaks. The program is designed to keep children moving but they need to be hydrated. Be sure to observe the children and notice when they may need an individual water break.
  • Beware of the wind. Take the wind chill factor into account, and prepare to adjust your activities to be played indoors.
  • Be sun safe. Even in winter, you can still get sunburnt. Reduce sun exposure when the sun is highest in the sky.

What is go!PEI?

go!PEI is a community-based healthy living program that offers free physical activity and healthy eating programs for Islanders across PEI. go!PEI is designed around providing information and supports to assist all Islanders to make simple changes to their lifestyle to improve their overall health and quality of

About go!PEI

go!PEI is a community-based healthy living program that offers free physical activity and healthy eating programs for Islanders across PEI. go!PEI is designed around providing information and supports to assist all Islanders to make simple changes to their lifestyle to improve their overall health and quality of life.

The go!PEI team is made up of provincial partners (Island Trails and PEI Healthy Eating Alliance), Regional Sport & Recreation Councils and four major municipalities (City of Charlottetown, City of Summerside, Town of Cornwall, and Town of Stratford).   This group works together to provide opportunities for Islanders wishing to make a change to their personal health.   Through these partners, go!PEI delivers free programs all across the province focusing on walking, running, biking, hiking and healthy eating activities.

go!PEI's seven core principles are to deliver:

1. Activities that are low cost or no cost
2. Activities that have readily available infrastructure across the Province
3. Activities that require limited equipment
4. Activities that do not have time constraints
5. Activities that can be done as an individual or as part of a group
6. Activities that can be done by any age group
7. Activities that can be done year round (maybe not cycling)

 

 

How to get Involved

Become a leader: It is our hope to have as many Islanders as possible organize and deliver a program to their community, group or organization. If you have an interest in getting something started for your group, send our coordinator an email.

Sign up for our E-Newsletter: We send out an email newsletter throughout the year with healthy living tips, stories and upcoming events. You can sign up for our newsletter on our website or when you register for a go!PEI program. Or, you can email Laura at gopei@recreationpei.ca!

Participate in a Program/Event: The calendar of events is available on our website which identifies when free upcoming courses and programs are taking place. For programs specific to your community, please contact the community partner nearest you for information.

Request Information: If you want to mobilize your workplace, organization, family or neighbors we can help you do this by providing some information. A number of workplaces have organized go!PEI activities as part of their workplace wellness initiatives by receiving resources from our office.

Download Resources: Finally, if you want to make some personal healthy living changes you can collect tips and lessons on how to do so on our website. You can download program booklets (to follow at home on your own) and healthy living information on our resource page.

 

 



   

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