Theme 1 Videos - Run, Jump, Play Every Day! 

Bringing Physical Literacy to Life in Middlesex County

This video describes 5 local stories of bringing physical literacy to life in the County of Middlesex! On March 9th 2016 over 150 leaders from across the County of Middlesex gathered in Komoka to hear from experts in the field of Physical Literacy and Physical Activity in the Early Years.  As a follow up, these leaders were challenged to consider ways they can 'lead the change' and bring physical literacy to life in their respective agency to support healthy kids.  Leaders were provided with a tool kit and resources to support their efforts.

Session 1 of 3 - Physical Literacy and Early Childhood: Bringing it to Life!

March 9th Physical Literacy Workshop. Session includes: Welcome by Warden Maudsley, Introduction by Project Manager, and session by Drew Mitchell, Canadian Sport for Life; Physical Literacy– What it is and Why it is Important!  Mr. Drew Mitchell, Director of Physical Literacy, Canadian Sport for Life.  The goal of this session is to provide a broad introduction to the concept of physical literacy that will help you define what physical literacy means, why it is important, and how you can integrate its concepts to improve your programs. You will leave with a better understanding of what physical literacy is and knowledge of how you can encourage continual improvement and development of physical literacy skills across the lifespan. 

Session 2 of 3 - Physical Literacy and Early Childhood: Bringing it to Life!

March 9th Physical Literacy Workshop.  Building Motivation, Confidence and Competence of Leaders in integrating Physical Literacy, Dr. Dawne Clark, professor Department of Child & Youth Studies , Director of Centre for Child Well-Being, Mount Royal University.  The goal of this session is to build the motivation, confidence and competence of leaders to provide physical literacy enriched opportunities for children in the Early Years.  Dr. Clark will address three instrumental pillars to supporting physical literacy: resources, education and policy.  Dr. Clark will also highlight experiences in using the Hop, Skip, and Jump resource to support physical literacy and will discuss the development and evaluation of a Physical Literacy Observation Tool (PLOT).  

Session 3 of 3 - Physical Literacy and Early Childhood: Bringing it to Life!

March 9th Physical Literacy Workshop. Physical Activity in the Early Years: Creating Supportive Environments, Dr. Trish Tucker, Research  Director Child Health and Physical Activity Lab, Assistant Professor School of Occupational Therapy, University of Western Ontario. The goal of this session is to provide an overview of current physical activity levels among preschoolers in Canada, with a particular focus on activity behaviours in early learning facilities (home and centre-based childcare). The impact of environmental influences in early years facilities on physical activity behaviours will be explored. Strategies will be addressed to encourage physical activity among young children.

Physical and pre-LiterAcy Development In chilDren:  PLAID Project, Ms. Chloe Bedard,  Infant and Child Health Lab, McMaster University.  The objective of the presentation is to provide a real-world physical literacy example in a community setting.  This program is being pilot tested in Middlesex County. PLAID is a community-based program for children ages 2 to 6 years to develop fundamental motor skills (FMS) and pre-literacy skills, as well as educate parents on how to teach these skills to their children at home. The program uses physical literacy and pre-literacy skills as a medium to improve other closely related aspects of development including physical activity levels, prosocial skills, cognitive abilities, and self-confidence to optimize overall child development.  


Theme 2 Videos - Water Does Wonders!

Lead the Change - Full Video 

This video showcases stories of leaders across the County of Middlesex who have ‘led the change’ in their respective agency by changing organizational practices to support the healthy choice as the easy choice.  

Lead the Change - St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Strathroy

Shirley Gelinas, Principal St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School Strathroy, describes her school’s story.  

Lead the Change - Middlesex County Library 

Shauna Dereniowski, Branch Assistant with Middlesex County Library, describes her agency’s story.   

Lead the Change - Lucan Biddulph Parks & Recreation

Jason Boyer, Manager Lucan Biddulph Parks and Recreation, describes his agency’s story.   

Lead the Change - Little Lambs Child Care, Strathroy

Christina Gillian, Executive Director of Little Lambs Child Care in Strathroy, describes her agency’s story.   

Lead the Change - Ilderton U9 Soccer

Blair Deakin, Coach of Ilderton U9 Girls Soccer, describes his team’s story. 

Lead the Change - Ontario Early Years Strathroy & Area

Allison Beauchamp, Program Coordinator Ontario Early Years for Strathroy and area, describes her agency's story.  

Lead the Change Collaborative Community Leader's Forum - 1 of 2

Video from June 23rd Community Forum.  This 3 part session includes: 
1) Welcome by Nadine Devin, Project Manager County of Middlesex Healthy Kids Community Challenge
2) Introduction to sugar-sweetened beverages & the wonders of water, By Dr. Anita Cramp, Middlesex-London Health Unit
3) Sugar Sweetened beverages & health: What can we do about it?  By Dr. David Hammond, PhD, Associate Professor and CIHR Applied Chair in Public Health in the School of Public Health & Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, and Canadian Institute of Health Research IPPH Trailblazer award recipient

Lead the Change Collaborative Community Leader's Forum - 2 of 2

Video from June 23rd Community Forum. This 1 part session includes: 
Swimming against the flood: How your world challenges your health. By Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa, medical director of Ottawa’s Bariatric Medical Institute, & Canada’s renowned advocate for changes in the food environment & national media spokesperson.

Bring Back Healthy Sideline Snacks Project - HKCC Middlesex

This video showcases 16 County of Middlesex teams that stepped up to the challenge to bring back healthy sideline snacks in support of #healthykidson and #waterdoeswonders! 



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