BOKS is a FREE physical activity program that improves our children physically, mentally and socially by strengthening their minds and bodies through movement

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I like how easy the program is to run/lead. I appreciate the variety of tools and tips! The support given to me in getting BOKS off the ground at my school has made it even more of a pleasure to run as I didn't have any worries or stress in the least to deal with. I also love it when the kids all get into an activity, compete and cheer each other on. The fun, energizing spirit that comes through in the gym at 7:30 am is pure joy.

Jackie McKay

Calgary

Curriculum Offerings

Elementary School

Elementary School

This 12-week curriculum focuses on getting elementary kids moving while developing a functional fitness skill of the week (ex. squat, push up, plank). Each class includes a free play period, warm up, skill, running related activities, class game, and short nutritional talk.

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Middle School

Middle School

Targeted at older students, this curriculum “hides” functional fitness skills and concepts within games, relays, and obstacle courses. By combining traditional playground games, typical ball sports and fast paced relay races and obstacle courses, BOKS provides the moderate to vigorous physical activity programming.

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Themed Lesson Plans

Themed Lesson Plans

We are constantly adding to our collection of lesson plans with timely, themed lessons that can be run at various times throughout the year – for example, Olympics Lesson, Jump Rope Lesson, Spring Celebration, Playground Lesson…the list goes on and on. These plans follow the same evidence-based formula as our flagship program.

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Early Childhood

Early Childhood

The curriculum keeps young kids (aged 2-5) active throughout their day as well as teaches them about healthy eating habits. The early childhood curriculum provides younger children a safe, fun environment to practice skills through play, while building confidence and developing lifelong healthy habits.

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BOKS Bursts

BOKS Bursts

BOKS Bursts are short 1 to 10 minute in-classroom physical activities created to help kids stay active throughout the school day, energizing their brains for enhanced learning. All Bursts, whether individual, partner, or team focused, are designed with a classroom setting in mind and can be performed with minimal space.

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Yoga and Mindfulness

Yoga and Mindfulness

BOKS and Tara Stiles (founder of STRALA Yoga) teamed up to create fun and easy yoga and mindfulness activities. Designed to activate the body’s relaxation response by breathing deep, matching your breath and body together, and moving your whole body in harmony with itself, these activities are perfect for students of all ages.

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News and Resources

Trainers of the Year Winners – May 2018

06/22/18

Trainers of the Year Winners – May 2018

BOKS is extremely thankful to ALL our trainers who dedicate their time to ensure our Canadian children stay physically active.  Our volunteer trainers are beyond essential and play an extremely large role in the success of BOKS.  We simply can’t thank everyone enough although given the opportunity we certainly would like to. “Volunteers don’t get [...] Read More

Getting Active Outdoors with Your Kids

06/12/18

Getting Active Outdoors with Your Kids

As the weather improves across the country, we are dusting off our bikes, pumping our tires full of air and getting outdoors. Everyone is feeling the joy of longer days and warmer temperatures. But the habits of a more sedentary winter may be slow to change. How can you kick start your spring, make the [...] Read More

Did you see BOKS in the New York Times?

03/16/18

Did you see BOKS in the New York Times?

We have some extremely exciting news here at BOKS: researchers from Mass General Hospital for Children published research showing that the BOKS program not only improves BMI but also impacts children's school engagement, vitality and general happiness. Not only was the study published in the American Journal for Preventative Medicine but widely respected New York Times Journalist Gretchen Reynolds [...] Read More

Announcement from BOKS Executive Director Kathleen Tullie: INTRODUCING OUR NEW LOOK

01/22/18

Announcement from BOKS Executive Director Kathleen Tullie: INTRODUCING OUR NEW LOOK

Since founding BOKS in 2009, the program has evolved quite a bit. What began as a before-school physical activity program run by three enthusiastic moms, has turned into a movement backed by scientists and adopted by nearly 3,000 communities across the globe. Since that time, our children’s need for daily movement has become increasingly dire. [...] Read More