Physical Activity

Physical activity is a key part of healthy living. Being active has many physical, social, emotional and mental health benefits and is necessary for normal growth and development in children. Physical activity can also play an important role in the treatment of mental health concerns in children and youth.

The Healthy Living Toolkits have information about the benefits of being active, tips to overcome barriers to being physically active, and lots of fun ways to include physical activity in your child’s day. More information and tips can also be found in the resources below. 

See Also: 
Physical Activity Guidelines (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Physical activity guides/magazines for children and youth. Family guides and teacher’s guides also available.
Physical Activity: Activities Your Family Can Try
Ideas for being active, playing and having fun with your family.
Information about physical activity and the importance of being active. Research files; Pedometer counts
Geared towards kids; Interactive games and challenges to learn about healthy eating
Canadian Pediatric Society
Links to reference sheets and physical activity prescription pads

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.