The Supporting Physical Activity in the Childcare Environment, warmly referred to as the SPACE study, aimed to improve the physical activity levels of preschoolers in childcare in London, Ontario. The goal of this study was to get these kids hopping, skipping and running; anything to get their heart beating and body sweating.
A 4-module e-Learning course in physical activity and sedentary behaviour (~90 mins/ module) was completed by pre- and in-service early childhood educators (ECEs). to get their heart beating and body sweating. Via online survey, changes in their physical activity and sedentary behaviour self-efficacy (31 items), knowledge (30 items), and behavioural intention (28 items) were explored.
Are you interested in auditing your local playground for the inclusion of all children of all abilities? The Child Health and Physical Activity Lab led a scoping review on this topic, to help you find tools to evaluate your playground. This research project was supported by the Western Research SSHRC Knowledge Mobilization Grant.
In Ontario, various COVID-19 public health measures were enforced after the onset of the pandemic in 2020 to reduce the spread of the virus. Such measures included various closures of physical activity-supporting environments, such as: outdoor recreation facilities (e.g., basketball courts), schools, and community centres. These closures left many parents struggling to keep themselves and their children active while spending large amounts of time at home. This video reveals perspectives from Ontario parents and children during pandemic times, concerning their movement behaviours and overall well-being.