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Physical Activity and the Early Years - Webinar -Closed

Date: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

Neuroscience is helping us to understand the importance of the early years in establishing the foundations for a happy, healthy, and productive life. A young child's brain is built through positive experiences and supportive and nurturing relationships. Along with cognitive, social and emotional skills, developing physical literacy in the early years is one of the four pillars of development. This session will explore the neuroscience of a young child's developing brain and how paying attention to physical literacy early in life can support the development of a strong healthy brain that will last a lifetime.

Next we will examine physical literacy within daycare settings and lastly, PARC will provide a walk-through of its latest resource, an adaptable slidedeck on physical activity and the early years with a lens on physical literacy. This slidedeck resource is designed to support physical activity and health promoters in delivering presentations and workshops on this topic to a wide variety of audiences, from childcare workers to municipal representatives and everyone in between.

By the end of the webinar, you will have a sound understanding of physical activity and the early years, including early development principles and physical literacy, as well as an understanding of next steps that you can take to support increased movement at this critical stage in life.

Exercise during pregnancy: Update on research, guidelines and clinical relevance - Webinar -Closed

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

A healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is very important in the development of a healthy baby. Many women are interested in being active during pregnancy but are concerned about doing too much. In fact, because of the obesity epidemic, it may be that women are not being active enough, as physical inactivity during pregnancy and post-partum may be one potential pathway for obesity and disease development by excessive pregnancy weight gain and post-partum weight retention. Some of the benefits of being physically active during pregnancy include prevention of gestational diabetes, hypertension and excessive pregnancy weight gain, improvement in heart and lung health and stamina for labour and birth with improved recovery after delivery. The updated 2013 PARmed-X for Pregnancy is a Canadian tool that can be used for medical pre-screening to ensure a low risk obstetric pregnancy and to provide guidelines for exercise during pregnancy. Promotion of active living during pregnancy is imperative and women with a low risk pregnancy can continue or start an exercise program. This is an important first step towards a healthy lifestyle for women and their families. Healthy moms = healthy babies!

  • Dr. Michelle F. Mottola, PhD, FACSM: Dr. Mottola is a Professor with a Joint Position in the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is the Director of the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation – Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory, at The University of Western Ontario, which is the only lab in North America that specializes in the area of exercising pregnant and postpartum women. She is a Scientist of the Children’s Health Research Institute and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM).