In 2019 we fought to
#letkidsmove

When kids sit all day, their mental and physical health is in danger.

It's time to #LetKidsMove!

Celebrating 5 Years of Active Kids in Canada!

The BOKS journey in Canada started in 2014 with our first school from the Toronto Catholic School District. From there schools quickly joined the BOKS movement from Coquitlam to Kamloops and now from coast to coast to coast with all 10 provinces and 3 territories getting kids active with BOKS. We could not let this milestone pass without recognizing the trainers and students who brought it to life in their communities. September saw us celebrating across the country with BOKStacle courses and Burst challenges. We can’t wait to see what the next 5 years will bring!

To celebrate FIVE years of BOKS in Canada, we would like to share with you five new Bursts to try with your students.

5 Years Later – What our community has to say

BOKS Bursts are taking over the classroom

Bursts are a quick and easy way to get students active throughout the day and our teachers and trainers are putting them to use daily. BOKS is ensuring teachers have the resources they need with over 250 Bursts, more than 60 videos, weekly emails and new training launched in August to ensure this program has the greatest impact in your school communities.

BOKS in the News

  • Best Practices For Implementing Physical Activity Into the Classroom and Home Environments

    11/25/19

    Best Practices For Implementing Physical Activity Into the Classroom and Home Environments

    BOKS provides robust lesson plan documents, trainings and on-going support to establish and maintain impactful programs serving the whole child. Read More

  • BOKS Brings physical literacy program to Palgrave Public School

    09/26/19

    BOKS Brings physical literacy program to Palgrave Public School

    According to Stats Canada, kids should average sixty minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. As it currently stands, only about one in eight Canadian kids reach such a seemingly attainable goal. Read More

  • BOKS Celebrates 5 Years of Providing Physical Activity, Wellness and Fun for Canadian Children

    09/23/19

    BOKS Celebrates 5 Years of Providing Physical Activity, Wellness and Fun for Canadian Children

    Just 5 percent of Canadian children between the ages of 5 and 17 meet the recommended guidelines for daily exercise. BOKS is working to change these numbers. Read More

  • BOKStacle Course Lands in Caledon

    09/23/19

    BOKStacle Course Lands in Caledon

    We celebrated 5 years of BOKS in Canada by showcasing our BOKStacle course at participating schools across the country. Read More

  • BOKS Regional Coordinator, Kyla Crocker Speaks with host Ted Michaels on the Health & Wellness Show

    06/16/19

    BOKS Regional Coordinator, Kyla Crocker Speaks with host Ted Michaels on the Health & Wellness Show

    Listen to Kyla Crocker teach you all about BOKS and the importance of movement for our kids; with Health & Wellness show host, Ted Michaels. Read More

  • BOKS Trainer Receives Award during Teacher Recognition Day

    05/09/19

    BOKS Trainer Receives Award during Teacher Recognition Day

    Stephanie Vazina-Tulli, BOKS Trainer, receives award during Teacher Recognition Day ceremony at her school. Read More

  • CP24 Visits St. Dunstan Catholic School (Toronto) with Kim St-Pierre

    04/03/19

    CP24 Visits St. Dunstan Catholic School (Toronto) with Kim St-Pierre

    St. Dunstan students are run through a BOKS session with Kim St-Pierre, BOKS Manager of Business Development, and were provided with FREE Reebok shoes! Read More

  • Free Fitness Program Gets Kids Up & Moving

    01/15/19

    Free Fitness Program Gets Kids Up & Moving

    “These days, the body part children use the most is their thumbs,” Falconi-Di Bacco says. “It’s important to teach them to move at a young age.” Read More

  • Thousands of Schools Embrace Natick Mom’s Exercise Program for Kids

    04/17/18

    Thousands of Schools Embrace Natick Mom’s Exercise Program for Kids

    “Participation in physical activity is actually beneficial for our social and emotional wellness, for brain health, for our sense of happiness, for our attention, for our mood," Tavares said. Read More

BOKS in Your Community

It is important to us that we get out to our schools and connect with our trainers throughout the year. In 2019, we held 61 live trainings, attended 37 conferences and visited 114 schools. If we have not met you yet, reach out to your Regional Coordinator and see what might be possible in 2020!

2019 by the Numbers

These numbers are based on our BOKS Bursts and our traditional BOKS programming.

Schools Enrolled over the past 5 years
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Kids Active This Year
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Volunteer trainers impacting your communities over the past 5 years
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BOKS workouts got kids moving in 2019!
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Thank you to our 2019 Partners!

“We are thrilled to continue our multi-sector partnership for an additional two years with a target of 500 new schools, and 50 schools in at-risk communities in Northern and Atlantic Canada.”

Kimberley Medeiros
Director, BOKS Canada

“Reebok is proud to be a part of BOKS and the impact it has made: bettering students and school communities through something we value, movement. The partnership between BOKS and Reebok, here in Canada, is critical if we are going to reverse global health trends. We are looking forward to many more years of impacting youth through this valuable program.”

Beth Robertson
VP, Reebok Brand

The Evidence Supporting the Impact of Movement is Here

We are proud to be changing the activity levels of Canadian children!
A study of more than 500 BOKS participants at 19 schools across Canada, conducted by Propel at the University of Waterloo revealed the following:

Kids take an extra 2, 221 steps on BOKS days

Kids fell asleep faster and stayed asleep longer on BOKS days

Children showed improvement in shift and working memory (brain function!) after 12 weeks of BOKS

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We look forward to what 2020 will bring!

We have a lot of exciting things planned…

Enroll 500 new BOKS schools across the country

Support 25 schools in at-risk communities

Provide new videos and resources to our amazing trainers