University of Calgary

More active, more often

Submitted by tdroden on Fri, 2012-12-07 14:03.

University of Calgary and Cardel Place challenge kids to get moving

Dec. 7, 2012

“Sometimes you need to do more than just tell kids to be more active,” says Dr. Larry Katz, a researcher with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology.

“Sometimes they need to be shown what being active looks like and they need to start thinking about activity as more than just physical education class.”

A new pilot program launched by the University of Calgary and Cardel Place, with funding support from the Calgary Foundation, is looking to change kid’s attitudes toward exercise at school and at home.

Using pedometers, tablet computers and education the program is trying to get kids hip hop dancing, snow-shoveling, running, hiking and actively moving and playing more often, in different settings, and with family, peers and individually. When kids monitor their own behavior and challenge themselves, amazing things can happen.

What: Media are invited to a demonstration of the PACK project at St. Elizabeth Seton School.
           Classroom activities are planned to demonstrate activities students completed during the challenge.
When:
Monday, December 10, 2012, 10:30 a.m.
Where:
St. Elizabeth Seton School, 10845 Hidden Valley Drive NW, Calgary.
Who:

Grade 4 students who participated in the project.
University of Calgary Kinesiology researcher Larry Katz, PhD.
Graham Thomson, Manager of Child and Youth programs at Cardel Place. Deneen Nolan, Principal, St. Elizabeth Seton School.

Media contact:
Don McSwiney,
Director of Communication
Faculty of Kinesiology
University of Calgary
Phone: 403.220.7652
Cell: 403.852.7652
Email: dmcswine@ucalgary.ca