PARC Blog

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 parc@ophea.net 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.

  • 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...

  • Working with Youth to Help Move Youth

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Engaging youth is a wonderfully educational process for everyone involved. Interestingly, while we might think that youth will interact with concepts and information in a way that is different from adults, when asked to brainstorm what they need to encourage physical activity in students, sometimes the answers are more of a return to basics and do...

  • Get active with the family by digging into dirt!

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Spring has finally sprung, which for many Ontario residents means it’s time to get outside and dig those gardens into tip-top shape! However, the benefits of gardening go beyond creating a beautiful outdoor space. All that weeding, digging, raking and planting is great for the mind and body too! Here are three ways gardening is good for you and...

  • Energizer: Being Active Outdoors: Kids, Adults, and Families

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    It’s not always easy to be active outside, especially when the weather isn’t fantastic. Walks, snowshoeing, skiing and other outdoor pursuits are wonderful, but sometimes activities with more organization, goals and teamwork make it easier to get moving. In the younger set, this is why games like tag or hide and seek are so popular. Other games...