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Peter Twist, M.Sc., CSCS Many people reflect to their youth and remember playing several sports and spending their spare time in spontaneous play and pick up games. Today, many youngsters specialize in just one or two sports and spend their remaining time on sedentary activities - television, video games, computers and the web. The unhealthy aspects of this trend are further compounded when you factor in the startling growth of fast food chains and the many "quick-fix" food choices that are aggressively marketed to youth. The cumulative result is a generation of kids who are less...
In partnership with ISPARC, this fall SportMedBC hosted five leader training sessions across the province to 315 leaders equipping them to deliver the Aboriginal RunWalk or Honour Your Health Challenge programs. With ongoing support provided by SportMedBC, 122 Aboriginal RunWalk leaders will launch their programs in January 2018. Highlights from this year included learning more about addictions from a harm reduction approach, the importance of self-care and mental wellness, and hearing from experienced leaders who shared their inspiring stories filled with challenges and successes...
It’s often said that the easiest things in life are a “Walk in the Park”, and this couldn’t be any more accurate! Walking is a simple, effective, and fun way to increase your daily physical activity. We have it in all of us to be great walkers! This low-impact activity can be done indoors or outdoors, and all you need is a good pair of walking shoes. Whether your goal is to improve your heart health, move more throughout the day, or just take some time for yourself…walking works! Starting November 27 th , join SportMedBC’s RunWalk Coach & Olympian,...
One only has to turn on the radio or open a newspaper to learn about the importance of proper nutrition. We, as North Americans, are acutely aware of the health risks resulting from trans fats, sedentary lifestyle, and poor diet. In an effort to make good food choices for our families, and ourselves many people look to nutritional experts for advice and guidance. In an attempt to meet the increased demands for nutritional expertise, health enthusiasts with varied training and education have gravitated to the nutrition field leaving consumers confused regarding the level of care they receive...
BC Games feature article in Recreation & Parks BC Magazine . For the past 40 years the BC Games Society has delivered exceptional experiences through sport championing a movement that ignites a passion for sport and physical activity in young athletes and our communities. The BC Winter and BC Summer Games have brought together thousands of British Columbian’s for the experience of a lifetime where memories, friendships, spirit, and pride are abundant. Founded in 1978 by Premier W.R. Bennett, the BC Winter and BC Summer Games were created as an opportunity to “bring all parts...
The Vancouver Sun Run InTraining Program , presented by Sun Run Stores and SportMedBC is back again for 2018! The tried & true programs are designed to prepare participants of all fitness levels to safely and comfortably walk, Nordic walk, or run 10K. With exciting additions for 2018, including a NEW RunWalk10K Program designed for those who have completed the LearnToRun10K Program but aren’t quite ready for the Run10KStronger plan, an exclusive long-sleeve tech shirt from RYU, and more sponsor giveaways – this year is sure to be the best InTraining season yet! Programs begin...
On Monday October 2 nd , members of the sport medicine and sport science community gathered at Fortius Sport & Health for SportMedBC’s 2017 Annual General Meeting. This year was extra special as it marked our 35 th anniversary of delivering the Best People, Best Practices and Best Programs in sport medicine and exercise science for British Columbians. SportMedBC staff presented their program reports as we looked back at 2016-17 and previewed some of the exciting projects we are working on for the coming year. For more detailed information you can read the entire 2016-2017 Annual...
2016-17 was another successful year for the Aboriginal RunWalk (ARW) program ! Marking its 11th year, the ARW program trained 133 leaders to deliver programming to 2,520 Indigenous participants from over 90 communities across the province. Using interval training, the ARW program gradually increases fitness so that participants can complete a 10km walk or running event. About 250 of our participants travelled to attend the Vancouver Sun Run, making the ARW Sun Run Corporate team one of the largest teams in the race. The impact of the ARW program goes beyond simply improving fitness however...
The federal government in partnership with Parachute Canada, a national injury prevention organization, have developed a new set of guidelines they hope will create the foundation for a more consistent approach to dealing with concussions in athletes. Released on Friday, the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport uses the latest scientific evidence to help guide decisions on diagnosing, managing and treating concussions. This announcement comes at the urging of both the sporting and medical communities who have long called for a more standardized approach. Parachute's Expert Advisory...
Team BC and SportMedBC are geared up for the Canada Summer Games! Featuring 16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival, the Canada Summer Games welcome over 4,000 athletes and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors. Winnipeg is hosting the Games, which run from July 28th to August 13th with Team BC looking to build upon a third place finish in 2013. Photo: Team BC/ Bogetti-Smith The West Coast will be well represented this year with 354 athletes, 52 coaches, 27 managers and 22 mission staff making the trip from B.C. across the Prairies to challenge the country’s best. B.C...

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