Funding to Prevent Injuries in the After-School Time Period
Unintentional Injuries among Children and Youth in Canada
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 19. While the Government of Canada encourages Canada’s children and youth to become more active and live healthy lifestyles, it is also important to ensure their safety while being active.
Through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Active and Safe initiative, the Government of Canada is investing $5 million over two years to support a number of community-based projects that empower Canadians to make safe choices while engaged in sport activities. Today’s announcement for $170,054 will support a project to reduce injuries among children and youth taking part in after-school sports and recreation activities.
Active and Safe After School
This project will be led by Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) in partnership with the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association, the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability, HIGH FIVE, and the Canadian Active After-School Partnership.
Project activities include:
- an environmental scan of safety programs currently used to support after-school programs and other relevant safety programs to share best practices and support improvements;
- a youth focus group to explore how youth see their role in promoting safety in after- school programs and to determine best approaches to communicate the importance of being active and safe during the after-school time period; and
- new information, tools and resources for children, youth, parents, care-givers and after-school program providers, including interactive games, webinars, checklists and guidelines.
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