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The countdown to the holidays is on! Whether you’re feeling excited or overwhelmed by this busy month, the articles, tips, and activities below will help you keep the whole family moving. Want to share the gift of health? Encourage your friends to sign up for this newsletter and join our community dedicated to raising physically literate kids.  To all of you celebrating, from all of us at Active for Life, have a happy and active holiday.



Top stories


10 tips for a healthy and active holiday season

Make the most of December. Instead of waiting until January 1 to put health and activity on your list of priorities, why not put movement on your holiday wish list? Our Role Models share their favourite tips for staying healthy and active throughout the holiday season. They show us that it is possible!


9 fun and active gifts for the kids on your list

Speaking of wish lists, the presents your kids receive can be a great opportunity for encouraging active play. Chances are that they’ll continue to enjoy these gifts long after the other toys are broken, lost, abandoned, and forgotten.


Canada’s global ranking means our kids need to move more

Are we enabling Canadian kids to be sedentary? A recent study suggests that as a country we need to resolve to help our kids move more. Find out where Canada placed in a “shuttle run test”, a race that measures the fitness of 50 different countries’ children.


Holiday printables for Christmas and Chanukah

Do you have an advent calendar or give gifts on each night of Chanukah? Our printables are a fun way to add a little bit of activity to these traditions. Start your holidays off right and keep moving all month with these fun ideas.


Progress not perfection: keeping my AfL Parent Promise

The end of the year is a time to think about everything that we’ve achieved and what we want to do in the year to come. AfL Role Model, Holly LaRochelle, gives an honest account of her successes and struggles with keeping her parent promise this year. Holly’s experience gives us all permission to admit that it’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.



Role model spotlight


Benoît Huot

You won’t find anyone more committed and dedicated to helping spread the word about physical literacy for all than Benoît Huot. He is our country’s most decorated Paralympian and a role model for kids of all abilities. Get to know Benoît better and help us welcome him to the #AfLfamily.



Featured activity


Toddler climbing

Admittedly, most parents try to stop their toddlers from climbing (like out of cribs or onto kitchen counters) but climbing actually develops their balance, coordination, agility, and builds strong arms and legs. Help your toddler climb safely with this fun activity.



Link of the month


Launching in February 2017, the Canada Games Activity Challenge is a fun, activity-tracking app for Canadian kids and teachers (K-6/7). Create healthy habits by rewarding daily physical activity. Sign up for more information today.


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