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On the Move Handbook
The ON THE MOVE Handbook is a user-friendly resource designed as a practical guide for programmers, teachers, coaches, volunteers, and parents or guardians interested in creating a female-only program or in need of information about how to create positive and inclusive environments. NOW Available online for download!

Download Handbook (310KB, .pdf).

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On The Move Top 10 Success Factors
This document provides a top 10 list of important program characteristics to engage girls and young women in active after school programs.

Download PDF (332 KB)

These resources are part of CAAWS’ involvement in the Canadian Active After School Partnership (CAASP), funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

 

 

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Making Healthy Connections with Racialized Communities
This report examines the healthy living experiences of girls and young women from diverse ethno-cultural communities, and provides practical recommendations to enhance program and service delivery for this important target group. Based on focus groups with girls and young women, and practitioners. To get the report.

Download the Recommendations Summary (.pdf)
Download the Increasing Cultural Awareness Supplement (.pdf)
Download the Additional Reading Supplement (.pdf)
Download the Success Story Supplement: Town of Ajax (coming soon!)

 

 Cover_in_her_voice_e140In Her Voice: An Exploration of Young Women’s Sport and Physical Activity Experiences
Provides insight into the sport and physical activity experiences of girls and young women. The resource is based on focus group conversations with young women, aged 13-17, from five diverse communities across Canada. The information gathered offers program providers and decision-makers in the sport and active living, health, education, and social service sectors a better understanding of the diverse needs, interests and experiences of young women, supporting the creation of better programs and more responsive health promotion initiatives. Click here to download the pdf.

 

 


OTM_Aboriginal_AS_Success_cActive After School Programs for Girls and Young Women – Success Stories from Five Friendship Centres

In 2010-2012, CAAWS partnered with the National Association of Friendship Centres and five member Centres to support the development and delivery of active after school programs for Aboriginal girls and young women. This document provides an overview with key learnings from each site to support the creation of similar programs at Friendship Centres and other active after school program provides across Canada. Download PDF (443 KB)
This resource is part of CAAWS’ involvement in the Canadian Active After School Partnership (CAASP), funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

 

cover_activelyengagingActively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors
Designed to increase opportunities for women and girls as both participants and leaders in the Canadian sport and physical activity system. The publication is a supplement to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) foundation document, and complements other Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) resources. A valuable resource for everyone involved in sport and physical activity, it will support and guide those working with women and girls so they engage in, and maintain, healthy and active lifestyles. Download pdf.

 

 

 

cover-110Active After School Programs for Girls and Young Women – Policy and Recommendations

The after school time period, from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, is a key opportunity to encourage healthy choices amongst children and youth. Based on consultations with program providers and decision-makers to identify persisting and emerging barriers to girls’ and young women’s participation, and  the essential components of quality programs,this document describes a vision and strategic directions for active after school programs for girls and young women. The policy was developed for community, provincial/territorial and national level organizations to use when considering the design and delivery of active after school programming. Click here to download the pdf.

The consultations and subsequent policy document are part of CAAWS’ involvement in the Canadian Active After School Partnership (CAASP), funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Self-Esteem, Sport and Physical Activity – Free Download from CAAWS
The younger years in a child’s life are critical for producing positive self-esteem and may be influenced by personality, parenting techniques and role modelling. Coaches, physical education teachers and active living leaders can positively influence self-esteem and provide girls and women with ongoing incentive to participate and personally succeed in physical activity endeavours. Click here for a free PDF (52 KB, 4 pages), complete with check lists, to help build self-esteem in girls and young women.

 

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Disordered Eating in Sport: Taking a new direction – Free Download from CAAWS
Many active girls and women fall into disordered eating habits due to lack of education and many women with eating disorders delay effective treatment due to myths and fears that hold them back from recovering a healthy weight. Click here for the PDF (54 KB, 4 pages) of this publication.

 

 

 

 

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Trail Considerations for Engaging Girls and Women – Free Download from CAAWS
Women and girls want to use running and walking trails in their communities, but there are some things to think through when creating a trail, or updating an existing one that will appeal to females of all ages.

CAAWS has compiled a number of items to consider, starting with policy and program details, through to design, promotion, language and signage. Click here for the PDF (218 KB, 3 pages) of this publication.

 

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Photo CD

Are you looking for images of girls and women participating in sport and physical activity? Images that show different abilities, different cultures, races and people of all shapes and sizes? Images that cover a variety of activities including winter, summer, extreme sports, team and individual? Photos of older women, young women, pregnant women and children?

To order a copy of the CD click here.

 

active_free_coverActive & Free: Young Women, Physical Activity and Tobacco
This program is a practical tool to support your work in encouraging a healthy lifestyle for young women by keeping them physically active and tobacco-free…for life.
The resulting book, Active & Free, was designed to be used by people who care about young women’s health – teachers, recreation leaders, parents, coaches, and health promoters.
Download PDF (2.25 MB)

 

 

active_free_primerTAKE 5! Connecting with Young women About tobacco and Physical Activity and Sport
Active & Free: Young Women, Physical Activity and Tobacco is a practical tool to support your work in encouraging a healthy lifestyle for young women by keeping them physically active and tobacco-free…for life.
The Take 5 action primer was designed to be used by people who care about young women’s health – teachers, recreation leaders, parents, coaches, and health promoters.
Download PDF (462 KB)

 

 

active_free_letterSample Letter to Parents
Active & Free: Young Women, Physical Activity and Tobacco is a practical tool to support your work in encouraging a healthy lifestyle for young women by keeping them physically active and tobacco-free…for life.
Download Letter (Word doc.)