Helping kids Kickstart their Brain

BOKS is a free program for elementary schools, aimed at helping kids start their day with physical activity to give their bodies and brains the boost they need to prepare them for a day of learning.

ACTIVE KIDS = ACTIVE MINDS

BOKS is based on the science find in the book “Spark” by Dr. John Ratey, which suggests that exercise is the single most powerful tool we have to optimize the function of our brain.

Happy Holidays

This Holiday season we celebrate our champions of change, BOKS trainers. Thank you for another year of your commitment to helping kids lead healthy active lives.

the NEED in CANADA

For the last 10 years, Canadian kids have received a failing grade in time spent being physically active. Many children are falling short of their recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. They are playing fewer sports, getting outside less, and becoming far more inactive than ever before.

Thanks to funding support from a multi-sector partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, BOKS reinforces PHAC's commitment to help all children meet the medically recommended goal of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

ONLY 14% of kids between the age of 5 and 11

get the recommended 60 minutes daily of moderate to vigorous intensity of physical activity.

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ONLY 5% of kids between the age of 12 and 17

get the recommended 60 minutes daily of moderate to vigorous intensity of physical activity.

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Children aged 5-11 spend 7.6 hours a day sedentary

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Only 15% of children aged 3-4

meet the guideline of less than one hour of screen time per day.

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Today’s youth will accumulate over 40,000 hours in screen time

before they graduate high school.

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85% of mothers are confident

they can influence their children aged 5-11 years to get more active by limiting their screen time.

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