It sure doesn’t feel like May yet, but here it is nonetheless! The skunk cabbage is finally flowering, the salmon berries are starting to bud, and the sweet smell of spring is slowly starting to flow.
Swim Lotto results are up in the office so come check those out when you can!
Some new Fitness Programs coming up this month too so please check out details below. And don’t forget the Road Hockey Rumble at the end of May with Sarah Bristow, it's sure to be an epic event for all.
A new and exciting addition to the Bowen Recreation Team is Sheana Stevenson – our new Recreation Programmer! We are so pleased to have her join our team and look forward to lots of great ideas and energy from her! Welcome Sheana!
Healthy Kids, Happy Kids: The Impact of Physical Activity on Mental Health
Did you know?
Only 9% of Canadian children and youth get 60 min of daily moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity.
Only 24% of children and youth are meeting screen time guidelines (no more than 2 hours/day).
31% of children and 26% of adolescents in Canada are sleep deprived.
Here is the new slogan offered by Dr. Guy Faulkner, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health:
SWEAT (60+ moderate to vigorous activity per DAY)
STEP (several hours of light physical activity per day, basically any movement at all!)
SLEEP (see guidelines below for kids)
SIT (no more than 2 hours per day)
I was lucky enough to attend the BCRPA Symposium this year which had a huge focus on nature based learning, the impacts of physical activity on children and youth, and the effective combination of both. Now that there has been time to study this phenomenon and do the research, the results are astounding.
Key findings in a study by Dr. Faulkner, who was a presenter at the conference were displayed in the following 3 categories.
Pertaining to Physical Activity (PA) Systematic Review:
Total PA = Favorable physical, psychological/social, and cognitive health indicators.
Relationships were more consistent and robust for higher-intensity (e.g., vigorous) compared with lower-intensity (e.g., light) PA
Light-intensity PA = Favorable cardio-metabolic biomarkers
All patterns (sporadic, bouts, continuous) provided health benefits
Pertaining to Sedentary Behavior Systematic Review:
Greater screen time and TV = Unfavorable body composition
Greater TV = Higher cardiometabolic disease risk scores
Greater TV and video game use = Unfavorable behavioral conduct / pro-social behavior
Greater screen time = Lower fitness
Greater screen time and computer use = Lower self-esteem
Pertaining to Sleep Systematic Review:
Greater sleep duration = Favorable indicators of adiposity, emotional regulation, academic achievement, and quality of life/well-being
I just wanted to throw the scientific evidence out there for parents to see that it has been proven, although so much research still needs to be done and continues to be done.
So here is the new slogan for keeping it simple in our efforts to raise physically and mentally healthy children/youth!
Kids need to be physically active, light/moderate/and vigorous, EVERY DAY
Kids need to spend WAY less time on SCREENS
Kids need to get quality sleep! (9-11 hours for 5-13 yr olds, 8-10 for 14-17 yr olds)
Imagine you are taking a walk through Crippen Park and you come upon a page from a children’s picture book, laminated and mounted on a stake in the ground. As you walk along the path, you discover another page, and then another, and you realize you’re reading a story! StoryWalk combines the pleasures of reading wonderful children’s books aloud with all the joys and benefits of walking together outdoors.
StoryWalk was created by Anne Ferguson in Montpelier, Vermont, when she worked for the Vermont Department of Health. Anne was thinking about ways to prevent or lessen the impact of chronic disease on adults and children by increasing physical activity. She wanted to find something that was fun for families to do together in natural settings.
StoryWalk is one of those unexpected, delightful ideas that combines three critical elements for overall family health: early literacy learning, family engagement outdoors, and physical activity.
Early literacy is “what children know about reading and writing before they actually learn to read or write.” Early literacy builds the foundation for “mature” literacy (learning about all print forms of language and using them to communicate). Without basic literacy skills, children can quickly fall behind the learning curve, leading to low academic success, which has a negative impact on long-term outcomes. Literacy experts recommend that adults support early vocabulary acquisition by having regular conversations with children, asking questions while reading books, and helping children identify words as they play or go through the day. Reading a StoryWalk with adults gives children the opportunity to learn new words, describe things and events, enjoy and tell stories, learn how to follow a story in sequence (physically moving from page to page), and hear and play with sounds and letters in words.
Family Engagement Outdoors
Family members play a vital role in helping children develop a joy for learning and an understanding that learning is a process, something that all children and adults do all their lives. Doing things together as a family helps build values, traditions, and rituals that keep children connected to their family. StoryWalk is a perfect opportunity for parents and other adults to be their children’s first teacher while reading and playing outdoors. There are things that families can do only outside: feel the wind on their faces, jump in a mud puddle, look for worms, walk on the beach, explore nature, observe, investigate, and learn about the world. StoryWalk offers a chance to make memories with a grandparent or other special adult. After experiencing StoryWalk, families can borrow the book from the library to read it at home to extend the learning and the memory.
Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle and must begin in infancy and extend throughout adulthood. Regular physical activity increases lean body mass, muscle, and bone strength and promotes good physical health. It fosters psychological well-being, can increase self-esteem and capacity for learning, and can help children and adolescents handle stress. Families should emphasize physical activity early in a child’s life because as children mature, modern culture provides many temptations to adopt a sedentary lifestyle.
What a great thing to introduce here on Bowen!!
Would you take your children, friends, or spouse out for a StoryWalk? If yes, where do you think would be the best place to do it? And most importantly, what book would you love to see on a StoryWalk?
Send us your ideas if you have them! Send an email to email@example.com and let’s see if we can create our own Bowen StoryWalk!
New Programmer: Sheana Stevenson
We want to extend a warm welcome to Sheana Stevenson joining our Recreation Team as our other Recreation Programmer! She also teaches a great Spin and Abs class with our Fitness team already so this will just add on to her bag of tricks! She has been a big part of the Bowen Island Municipality for the past 9 years. She has 2 lovely little ones, aged 3 and 1. A busy multi-tasking mom! Thanks for taking the leap with us Sheana! It is going to be awesome.
Feel free to pop by the office and say hello!
Mother's Day Treat & Workout
Here is a great way to start your Mother’s Day Weekend, whether you are a mom or not!
How does that sound? We hope it sounds good because it is a treat for us too! Join us on Saturday, May 13 from 9:00 – 10:15am for a complete workout including cardio, strength, and stretch – doesn’t it sound blissful??
Home-made scones and beverages provided after class. Hope to see you there!
Facilitated by Sarah Bristow and Rebecca Lyne, the rumble will be sure to be awesome! Be prepared to play outside with appropriate footwear and ready for the weather! Who knows what kind of weather we will face after this winter!
Lemonade and cookies will be provided – please try to remember to bring your coolest reusable cup for your lemonade!
Teams will be allocated the Friday before the event (registration will be cut off on May 26th at noon) in order to have adequate time to make teams.
See you out there!
New! Spin & Yin
Spin and Yin is a new class that we are offering for just this Saturday, May 6. Cardio on the spin bike + a Yin stretch seemed to be a great combination so we jumped on it.
The Yin component will be led by Chantal O’Sullivan, a new instructor with the Bowen Recreation Team and the Spin component will be led by Rebecca Lyne.
We look forward to trying this new class out and meeting some new participants.
May 1 Summer BI Community Recreation Registration OPENS!
May 6 IRLY Learning: Hot Dogs and Hammers
May 6 Outdoor Stretch & Glow starts
May 6 Spin & Yin
May 7 Parent & Tot
May 9 Provincial Election
May 9 Tuesday Commuter Spin Starts
May 9 Tuesday Spin starts
May 12 Friday Spin starts
May 14 Mother’s Day
May 14 LAST Parent & Tot
May 16 Weightroom Closed for maintenance 9:30 to 12:30pm
May 16 Family Play Night
May 18 Thursday Spin & abs starts
May 19 Pro D Day
May 19 Friday Spin & Core starts
May 20-22 Bowen Library Bookfest
May 22 STAT HOLIDAY
May 24 All Swimming Class Payments Due
May 24 Wednesday Spin & Run starts
May 25 Leaders in Training
May 27 Road Hockey Rumble
May 29 Deep Stretch – Gentle Yoga for Beginners starts
Monday - Thursday (7:00 am - 9:00 pm)
Friday (7:00 am - 7:00 pm)
Saturday (8:15 am - 3:00 pm)
Sunday (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Closed statutory holidays
Recreation Office Hours:
Mondays (8:30 am-6:30 pm)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays (8:30 am-4:30 pm)
Thursdays (8:30 am-8:30 pm)
Fridays (8:30 am-6:00 pm)
Saturdays (8:00 am-3:30 pm)
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SPIN & YIN
OUTDOOR STRETCH & GLOW
FAMILY PLAY NIGHT
SWEAT, STRETCH, SIP & SCONE
UPDATED WEIGHTROOM HOURS
ROAD HOCKEY RUMBLE
THIRD BLOSSOM CHI KUNG
Bowen Island Community Recreation
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