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.

  • 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...

  • Making the Most of #IPLC2017

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    The International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC) is coming to the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, April 12-15, 2017.  The IPLC is designed to bring together sport, health, education and recreation experts and practitioners, and policy-makers from across Canada and around the world to advance the knowledge, application and implementation of...

  • It’s 2017! Persisting Gaps and New Opportunities to Actively Engage Girls and Young Women

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    PARC Speaker Series Recap On March 2nd, 2017, PARC partnered with Sydney Millar to deliver a webinar on the 5 persisting gaps and 5 new opportunities to actively engage girls and young women in physical activity and sport. An Interview with Sydney Millar 1.    What are the top three takeaways that you would like attendees to leave the webinar with...

  • Energizer: Office Workplace

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Sedentary behaviour is defined as “as any waking behaviour characterized by an energy expenditure ≤1.5 METs while in a sitting or reclining posture”.1 As you may have read in one of our previous blogs, sedentary behaviour is increasingly being linked to a number of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type II diabetes and cancer and could lead...

  • The OCDPA Quality Indicators Framework for Chronic Disease Prevention

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    PARC Speaker Series Recap On February 8th, 2017, PARC partnered with Elizabeth Manafo to deliver a webinar on the OCDPA Quality Indicators Framework for Chronic Disease Prevention with a specific focus on how the framework was created and how it can be used for physical activity promotion. An Interview with Elizabeth Manafo 1. What are the top...

  • Physical Activity Promotion in Ontario Part II: The Contribution of NGOs to Physical Activity Promotion in Ontario

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    In part II of this blog series, we will look at the physical activity promotion efforts of the NGO Community (non-government organizations) as well as some agencies of government, noting some of their key accomplishments. Ophea Established in 1921, Ophea, formerly the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association, was, and still...

  • Energizer: Family (FUN!) Day

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    Cold weather doesn’t mean you need to keep the family fun indoors. With the appropriate clothing and a sense of fun and adventure you and your family can have a season of excitement. Here are four ways you and the family can move more this winter. Give one a try this weekend, or plan ahead, and save an idea for the Family Day long weekend on...

  • Physical Activity Messaging in a Busy Media Environment

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    PARC Speaker Series Recap On January 12th, 2017 Tanya Berry, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity Promotion, University of Alberta, partnered with PARC to deliver a webinar on the latest research findings on physical activity messaging for health promotion. This webinar provided strategies for successful physical activity...