A Message From the Executive Director of Heart Niagara: Physical Literacy Summit April 27th

Heart Niagara is excited to announce that on April 27th we will welcome over 200 kids from 3 Niagara School Boards and more than  100 participants who are teachers, recreation leaders, parents, volunteers and community members to the first Niagara Physical Literacy Summit.

Heart Niagara and the Niagara Physical Literacy Summit Steering Committee’s vision is to provide educators, recreation leaders and coaches with an experiential, practical and energizing physical literacy professional development experience with kids. By participating, instead of simply observing, we hope to bridge the gap between knowledge acquisition and practical application.

As many of you may know physical literacy does not require special equipment or training; it requires knowledge and tools that can be applied by creating an environment that fosters purposeful movement. Physical Literacy is simply about developing movement skills and abilities that help people move confidently with control in different physical activities, sports and games for life.  In the same way a child learns their ABC’s by reading with their parents from an early age, the same is true of learning to move with confidence.

On behalf of our staff and the Heart Niagara Board I would like to thank Emily, Ateeya, Terra and the Committee for planning a Summit that exceeds the norm. To our Presenters,  this event is only possible due to your commitment to the health of Ontario kids and the value that you put on physical literacy  as a long-term solution to daily activity which will in turn reduce obesity.  Thank you, we appreciate your support and look forward to making the first ever Niagara Physical Literacy Summit a successful and meaningful experience for the more than 300 confirmed attendees.

If you are interested in attending the Summit or have resources you would like to share, please visit www.heartniagara.com/pls2016 for more information.

How will your support make a difference?  When kids are physically literate, they are more likely to be active for life. Making these early lifestyle changes can reduce premature risks for cardiovascular and heart disease.

Karen Stearne