What Is It?

The PARC blog features our take on the latest and greatest in physical activity research, events, and ideas. Posts cover topics relevant across the lifespan.

These are hands-on, applicable posts including topics such as:

  • Energizers of the Month
  • Profiles of hot topics related to physical activity
  • Guest blogs written by our partners

How Does It Work?

Check back often for new instalments of the blog post, and be sure to follow us on Twitter (@parcontario), as links to new posts will also appear there.

If you have an idea for a blog post that you’d like to read, or if you’d like to be a guest contributor to the blog, please email with your ideas.

Other than PARC and Ophea programs and services, no endorsement by PARC and Ophea of any of the resources, programs, events, and services mentioned in PARC’s blog should be inferred. Content is provided for general information purposes only, it is important to recognize that fitness and skill levels are highly variable and adjustments to activities may be necessary to meet various needs and for further information individuals are advised to seek the advice of a physician or other healthcare professional.

  • PARC Resources and Services Updates

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    As previously shared, PARC and its services will no longer be available as of March 31, 2018. Here are a few updates on ongoing access to PARCs resources and services available through Please note that the last day to order hard copy resources through PARC will be Wednesday, February 28, 2018.   Resources currently available to be...

  • Reconciliation at School: Understanding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Physical Education

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission completed its six-year investigation in 2015 into the Canadian Indian residential school system, it released a series of reports that documented how to move forward to address Canada's colonialism. Physical education and sport were important components of the reports, as well as the Calls to Action,...

  • News from PARC

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    After 15 years of supporting physical activity promoters across Ontario, the Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) and its services will cease as of March 31, 2018.  Unfortunately as determined by the Government of Ontario funding for Health Promotion Resource Centres, such as PARC, will not continue past the 2017-18 fiscal year.  As you know,...

  • Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep

    Wednesday, January 3, 2018

    PARC Speaker Series Recap On December 12th, PARC and the Best Start Resource Centre (BSRC), co-hosted a webinar with Dr. Casey Gray on the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years. During the webinar, background and rationale behind the development of these Guidelines, the methods for their development, the final guidelines, next...

  • Preventing Chronic Disease in Primary Care

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    PARC Speaker Series Recap On November 2nd, 2017 PARC co-presented a webinar with the Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) on Ontario’s Primary Care Diabetes Prevention Program (PCDPP). During the webinar, participants learned about an internationally recognized, best practice program repeatedly shown to be effective in reducing risk for diabetes and...

  • Screens are Everywhere: How to Integrate Screen Time into our Daily Lives Without Sacrificing Physical Activity

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017

    PARC Speaker Series Recap On October 30th, 2017 PARC presented a webinar with Dr. Allana Leblanc on integrating screen time into our daily lives without sacrificing physical activity. During the webinar, participants were provided with a thorough summary of the current research landscape as it relates to physical activity and screen time;...

  • 5 Ways to Use Ophea’s Yoga Alphabet Cards in the Workplace

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    October marks Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, a web-based initiative that aims to “build awareness of the importance of workplace health for the short and long-term success of organizations and for the well-being of their employees.”1 In order to help you and your team move more during the workday, we’re sharing 5 ways you and your colleagues...

  • 5 Ways to Use Ophea’s 50 Fitness Activity Cards in the Workplace

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    While Ophea’s 50 Fitness Activity Cards have been a much loved tool in the classroom and when working with children and youth, have you ever considered using them in your office, or work setting, to get the adults in your workplace moving? Here are 5 ways you can integrate Ophea’s 50 Fitness Activity Cards into your workplace (e.g. during staff...

  • 5 Things to do Before the End of Summer

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    The weather is warm and the sun is shining. It’s the perfect time to get outside, get healthy, and get active. There are plenty of ways to enjoy summer in nature this year. Here are five suggestions. 1. Visit a provincial park: Ontario has over 280 provincial parks for you and your family to explore this summer. Hiking, camping, bird watching,...

  • Get Active on Vacation

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    We love that vacation time with the family can include summer trips away from home! Here are our top tips for staying active and eating healthy when travelling. Want a fun summer challenge for the whole family? See how many activities you can check off our list while on your family vacation. Take a walk Sign up for a walking tour to see landmarks...