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Call to Action

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What we support at home, in our schools, early learning centres and in our communities can make a big difference to building safe and inspiring places for our kids to move more outside.

Here are some ideas that can start a conversation and open the doors for our children to reach a total of at least 90 minutes of outdoor active play, active learning and active transportation in their communities.

Working together in strong partnerships, we can collectively make a difference to every child's health and well-being.  

Home

  • Go outside with your kids to play for 30 minutes every day
  • Support 30 minutes of unstructured outdoor play every day
  • Walk or bike to school, community parks and local destinations
  • Build a family garden
  • Learn more about the benefits of outdoor play and active transportation
  • Understand the real risks and balance the risk benefits

Community

  • Invest in and support local parks, trails and natural green spaces
  • Promote safe active travel to school, play spaces and community centres
  • Start a conversation about children's health and safe, natural community play spaces
  • Support and participate in community gardens

Early Childhood Learning Centres

  • Advocate for outdoor play and learning
  • Share the social, mental and physical health benefits of time spent outside
  • Green outdoor play spaces
  • Integrate at least 90 minutes of play and learning outside every day

Schools

  • Promote active outdoor learning
  • Invest in active and healthy fundraisers
  • Support natural, inspiring play and learning spaces
  • Learn more about active transportation to school initiatives

Health Practitioners

  • Prescribe outdoor physical activity
  • Invest in preventative community programming
  • Support healthy community initiatives
  • Talk more about the Social Determinants of Health and the need for supportive, healthy environments
  • Learn more about the links between the natural environment and our health

Politicians

  • Invest in prevention
  • Invest in 'building healthy community'
  • Support community based initiatives and healthy, natural and built environment infrastructure
  • Talk more about the Social Determinants of Health and the need for supportive, healthy environments
  • Learn more about the links between the natural environment and our health