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.

  • 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...

  • 2017 International Physical Literacy Conference – PARC Conference Proceedings

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    In April 2017, PARC attended the 3rd International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC) hosted by Sport for Life Canada. This event brought together sport, health, education and recreation experts to advance the knowledge, application, and implementation of physical literacy programming across the globe.PARC had the opportunity to support the...

  • Focusing on the Solution - Increasing Physical Activity Levels of Patients and Clients

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    I challenge you to take a critical look at how you interact with your patients and clients, specifically when it comes to health promotion and healthy behaviour change. Do you find yourself describing the issues and problems? Or do you focus on solutions? As health promoters, we need to shift our focus towards ‘user-friendly’, meaningful solutions...

  • Energizer: The Benefits of Laughter

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    It starts even as babies – a deep belly laugh improves the mood not just of the infant, but also for all those who hear it. Then, with children, being able to coax a laugh from a sad toddler can change their outlook on the entire situation. But as adults do we laugh enough? The popularity of laughter programs and laughter yoga1 suggest that this...

  • Physical Activity Promotion in Ontario Part III: Ontario’s contributions and legacies

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    In part III of this blog series, we will look at Ontario’s involvement in and contribution to physical activity efforts at a national and international level, including the legacies left for future generations. As we wrote in the first blog post of this series, the province of Ontario has a rich history of physical activity promotion and, as such...

  • Energizer: Stealth Opportunities for Physical Activity

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    There are many ways to work physical activity into busy and hectic lifestyles. Scheduling dedicated time to walk, move, play a sport, or take a class are great. But you can also sneak up on physical activity by looking for unexpected opportunities to be active. You’ve probably heard the advice to take the stairs instead of the elevator, or to park...