Physical Activity: Are Kids Getting Enough?


 Being physically active everyday helps to maintain a healthy body weight, build stronger bones, improve fitness, increase self-confidence, and decrease the chance of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 

The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that children aged 0-4 accumulate 180 minutes a day of activity. Youth 5-17 years need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per day. Just over 80% of kids under 4 are getting the recommended amount, but less than 10% of kids 5-17 are getting enough daily activity!
 
How can we get our kids to be more active and meet the recommended amount of daily activity?
 
•    Be an active role model and incorporate physical activity as a family .
•    Decrease screen time to less than 2 hours a day.
•    Walk to school or to a friend’s house instead of driving.
•    Try a variety of activities such as soccer, tennis, running, biking, and hiking. 
•    Resistance training (for example jumping, climbing, and monkey bars) is also beneficial to increase strength and for healthy bones. 
 
Exercise is good for our bodies and our minds and is an essential part of your child’s growth and development. If you have questions, a Registered Physiotherapist can provide more information on the benefits of exercise and how to include more into your child’s daily routine. 

Article provided by Amanda Sin, Registered Physiotherapist at Leap Therapy for Kids

Speech Sounds Screening Clinic: Friday, November 7th

We are offering a complementary speech sounds screening, on Friday, November 7 from 10am to 12pm, with our registered speech-language
pathologist, Amanada Goodison.

This screening is for children ages 3-5 (approximately) whose parents/caregivers have questions or concerns about their speech sound productions, pronunciation, or articulation. 

Please contact us at 604-770-0101 or info@leaptherapy.ca to register and
for any additional information or inquiries!

Our Team and Services have Expanded!

We are thrilled to now offer a full multidisciplinary clinic, including occupational therapy, speech language therapy and dietitian services, in addition to our physiotherapy and sport therapy services.  Welcome to our newest pediatric therapists, each who brings a wealth of pediatric experience and expertise!

Amanda Goodisan- Speech Language Pathologist

Sheija Abraham- Occupational Therapist

Lisa Holowaychuk- Occupational Therapist

Corinne Eisler- Dietitian

Getting Ready for Back to School

Getting our kids off to school successfully is every parent's goal.  We have a host of tips and ideas to consider as you get your youngsters packed up for a new year!  

In addition to sourcing well-fitting back packs and supportive shoes, September is a great time to look at your child's physical activities to ensure they are optimally meeting your child's needs.  Check out our Back to School: Kids Health Tips article for more information.

Check out our local news feature!

Our new clinic and services were recently featured in a wonderful article published in the North Shore News.... http://www.nsnews.com/health/Taking+leap/8207642/story.html  Thank you to the many agencies who reached out to us after reading about us in this article!  We look forward to building strong relationships with agencies and groups serving children and families in our community.

Taking a leap

New children's therapy centre aims to get kids moving

BY ERIN MCPHEE, NORTH SHORE NEWSAPRIL 7, 2013

Leap Physiotherapy for Kids owner and registered physiotherapist Leslie Farrar works with client Erik Adie, 7, in her new pediatric physical therapy centre's 1,500-square foot gymnasium, designed to inspire children's movement and active play. Leap is hosting a free family open house Saturday, April 13.

Leap Physiotherapy for Kids owner and registered physiotherapist Leslie Farrar works with client Erik Adie, 7, in her new pediatric physical therapy centre's 1,500-square foot gymnasium, designed to inspire children's movement and active play. Leap is hosting a free family open house Saturday, April 13.

Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/health/Taking+leap/8207642/story.html#ixzz2RB7JuX60

Family Open House Success!

Thanks to all the families who came in and made our Family Open House an overwhelming success!  We had a tremendously fun day and were thrilled to welcome so many children and families in to explore our new space!  Our family yoga classes, children's art, fun physical challenges and skill testing stations were all enjoyed by a wonderful number of kids and families...Check out the photos in our Gallery!