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12 Easy Games for Kids – at a Distance!

10/09/20

12 Easy Games for Kids – at a Distance!

Our BOKS lesson plan documents contain endless games to run with your students, many of which can be modified to play without equipment and while ensuring students are at an appropriate distance. Here we have pulled out 12 of these games that are easy to run while maintaining current protocols and ensuring that your students [...] Read More

5 ways to get moving with BOKS, right now!

09/29/20

5 ways to get moving with BOKS, right now!

Over the past few months, school and physical activity has changed dramatically for our kids. While current BOKS programming might not reflect that of years’ past, there are still plenty of ways to get kids active with BOKS! Our programming has been adapted to be run by anyone, anywhere – including as a resource for parents [...] Read More

Creating healthy snacks from your Harvest

09/17/20

Creating healthy snacks from your Harvest

  Come September, beyond thoughts of back to school, all I can think about is my garden HARVEST. Back in April when I started my seedlings, the thought of the HARVEST was far off, but now that it’s here, all I start to think about is the yummy delicious items I can make with my [...] Read More

BOKS resources for back to school

08/25/20

BOKS resources for back to school

At BOKS, we have been preparing all summer for whatever the fall may hold. We can’t predict what will happen, but we can ensure our teachers, families, and children have the resources they need to stay active while staying safe. Here are some of the materials you can expect to see from BOKS this fall:  BOKS September Calendar [...] Read More

What Is Social-Emotional Learning? Why Is It important?

08/20/20

What Is Social-Emotional Learning? Why Is It important?

Social-emotional learning (or SEL) is an important tool that helps children manage their emotions and handle social interactions. It enables them to develop self-control, self-discipline, and self-awareness. The benefits of this learning style are numerous: it reduces depression, improves attitudes, and promotes altruistic behaviours like sharing and kindness. Studies show that it even improves their [...] Read More

The Silver Lining – Taking Time to Pause

08/07/20

The Silver Lining – Taking Time to Pause

The end of the 2019/2020 school year was certainly unlike one we’ve ever seen, but in that time, our children proved how immensely resilient they truly are. As we creep closer to September, and the start of a school year that in many respects feels as uncertain as the last, the mental resiliency and strength of [...] Read More

4 Ways to Get Out in Nature this Summer

07/27/20

4 Ways to Get Out in Nature this Summer

Many of my best memories of childhood are linked to time spent having fun in the park, on the playground, in the street or in nature! Each season has so much to offer families and provides a great opportunity to try out different activities to give our routine a little change. Kids love spending time [...] Read More

Tips and Tricks for Creating Independent Structure over the Summer

06/29/20

Tips and Tricks for Creating Independent Structure over the Summer

It’s been an incredibly stressful time, and it’s important that we start to prepare for the summer months with our kids - maybe above all else, it is important that during this time we do what we can to support our kids in feeling happy, safe, and secure. Without many summer programs able to run [...] Read More

20 Rainy Day Activities for Kids and Parents

06/29/20

20 Rainy Day Activities for Kids and Parents

For anyone with kids, it goes without saying that most of us have been stretched to our limits in finding ways to keep them entertained and busy during these last few months. Not only were most self-isolating in our homes, but many parents continued to work from home. It has been without a doubt the [...] Read More

Back to School Strategies While Keeping Students Moving!

06/29/20

Back to School Strategies While Keeping Students Moving!

As various provinces and territories plan a return-to-school, physical educators and school staff are busy planning so that physical activities and education are included throughout the school day. National, Provincial/Territorial, and District guidelines and recommendations are to be followed, however, ideas that could be considered when planning and adapting physical activities for kindergarten to grade [...] Read More

Sharing a Passion of Gardening with Your Kids!

06/26/20

Sharing a Passion of Gardening with Your Kids!

Gardening is a passion of mine. I can’t remember a time that I did not have a garden in my yard/patio/balcony/deck. Now that we’ve been confined to our home (only leaving for essentials) due to the coronavirus, gardening has taken on a whole new meaning for me. A little bit of history here. Gardening during [...] Read More

BOKS Winning Schools for 2020!

06/18/20

BOKS Winning Schools for 2020!

And the Award Goes To...  BOKS Canada would like to extend a congratulatory shout out to these five amazing schools, representing five provinces from coast to coast.  Centennial Elementary, Saint John, New Brunswick  Palgrave Public School, Caledon, Ontario  Centennial Park School, Chateauguay, Quebec  Dallas Elementary, Kamloops, British Columbia  École Broxton Park School, Spruce Grove, Alberta  There were so many [...] Read More

UNITING AGAINST RACISM: A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER

06/02/20

UNITING AGAINST RACISM: A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER

To Our BOKS Community, I want to reach out on behalf of the entire BOKS team and acknowledge the pain and suffering that so many in the Black community,  as well as all communities battling injustice, are experiencing in the United States and across the globe. BOKS would not exist without you. We pledge to [...] Read More

The BOKS School of the Year Award

06/01/20

The BOKS School of the Year Award

A physically active child is a cog in the wheel of a highly functioning school community, whereas the opportunities for the education experience are optimized. We are ultimately tied from our physical selves to how we think, feel and develop. This is why physical activity is essential, not just for children, but for everyone. At [...] Read More

Getting Physically Active with Board Games and Card Games

05/25/20

Getting Physically Active with Board Games and Card Games

With many families spending most of their time at home, the need for new activities to stay active is in high demand. Adaptations to some of my “family favourites” are listed below. Hopefully this can inspire families to carve out some time every week, (even 5-10 minutes per day is very helpful), to spend time [...] Read More

20 Bursts that allow students to stay active, at a distance!

05/11/20

20 Bursts that allow students to stay active, at a distance!

Physical Distancing, NO Problem!    Some schools across the country are making plans to get kids back into the classroom and others are considering what will happen in the Fall. At BOKS, we know regardless of the situation, it is important to keep our kids moving. We have compiled a list of our top 20 [...] Read More

Sharing inspiration in unusual ways during this new “stay home” time

05/05/20

Sharing inspiration in unusual ways during this new “stay home” time

If there is one thing I have found in this new “stay home” time, it’s that the way we are connecting with people has changed. I am feeling more connected to those who live far away as we experiment with virtual game nights and video conference calls. I am spending more quality time with the [...] Read More

Navigating the Virtual Teaching World

04/23/20

Navigating the Virtual Teaching World

Teachers are being asked to teach in a time of crisis and this situation is new to everyone. There is no right or wrong way to go about engaging our students, it is just different than what we are used to. At BOKS, we wanted to know how some of our BOKS trainers and teachers [...] Read More

20 Ways To Stay Active At Home with Kids

04/22/20

20 Ways To Stay Active At Home with Kids

Creating a new routine can be tricky for kids – especially when there is very little structure without school, extracurricular activities, or sports. For parents, it’s even more difficult to manage a job, your kids, find time to exercise (or even just breathe)! At BOKS, we know how much physical activity helps our mental health [...] Read More

What is missing? THE GAME

04/17/20

What is missing? THE GAME

You will need: A table or tray A variety of small toys or objects from your home A piece of material or tea towel     instructions: Get different objects from around your home and place them on a table. Get your child to take a look at what they can see – you can [...] Read More

Keeping Your Cup Full = Taking Care of Yourself

04/15/20

Keeping Your Cup Full = Taking Care of Yourself

You may have heard the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup”, which brings so much truth to our reality today. Taking care of ourselves means we are keeping our cup full, providing us the ability to give and care for others. This resonates with me a lot and is something I have been [...] Read More

Adjusting to Life @HOME – Finding Balance in this New World

04/13/20

Adjusting to Life @HOME – Finding Balance in this New World

Although we are all in completely different situations, with varying degrees of stress, workloads and priorities, we can likely all attest that these new and uncertain times are finding us at home more often, if not all the time. In some cases, we may have more time on our hands with less social events in [...] Read More

What about physical activity in remote communities?

02/19/20

What about physical activity in remote communities?

BOKS: New Learnings from Remote Canadian Communities Canada is a beautiful country, and every city or town has their own unique characteristics. Over the past few months, the BOKS Canada team has had the opportunity to explore many communities to learn from students, parents, teachers, elders, and community members who live there - we wanted to understand the best way to engage with communities about their physical [...] Read More

Easy and Inclusive Pool Noodles Games

12/03/19

Easy and Inclusive Pool Noodles Games

Have you ever see the child who ignores the expensive toy and plays with the box that it came in? That is often the case with kids, as something insignificant may be a great source of interest. For those of us who work with children in the physical activity space, finding that “cardboard box” is [...] Read More

Why is Physical Activity Important for Kids’ Sleep?

12/03/19

Why is Physical Activity Important for Kids’ Sleep?

Exercise is not only good for our bodies and brains, but it also has a significant impact on our sleep. When was the last time you woke up and felt rested? Sleep is extremely important for our health and performance in life. I used to think that I could operate on low sleep but that [...] Read More

WINTER HOLIDAY FUN PACK

11/29/19

WINTER HOLIDAY FUN PACK

Wouldn’t it be fun to keep BOKS going throughout the holidays? We have created a free “Holiday Fun Pack” so that our community can bring a little BOKS to their time off. This packet can be used by families, neighbourhood gatherings, or by an individual looking for activities to do at home. Just because we’re [...] Read More

Have a few minutes to spare in class?  Try this!

11/11/19

Have a few minutes to spare in class?  Try this!

You know the feeling: the kids have wrapped up their work, or packed up their bag, or the librarian is running late picking the kids up…and now you have 5 minutes where you need to either keep the kids busy, or the boredom will set in, which of course leads to behavior challenges. Here are [...] Read More

Teach kids to eat well in a fun way

10/15/19

Teach kids to eat well in a fun way

Getting kids to eat well can be an uphill battle, made significantly more difficult with the increasing number of convenient, delicious, albeit wildly unhealthy options available to them. In order to help reverse this trend, we need to be able to provide our kids with the tools to make positive choices around their food, while [...] Read More

BOKS Canada 5th anniversary

09/13/19

BOKS Canada 5th anniversary

BOKS CELEBRATES 5 YEARS OF PROVIDING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, WELLNESS AND FUN FOR CANADIAN CHILDREN   BOKS IS NOW PRESENT IN MORE THAN 1,300 CANADIAN SCHOOLS IN ALL 10 PROVINCES AND 3 TERRITORIES   Join BOKS as we celebrate 5 years in Canada (Facebook event here), from September 23 to September 27, by participating in our week-long celebration [...] Read More

Reflections on 5 Years of BOKS

09/04/19

Reflections on 5 Years of BOKS

September 24 marks an important day for BOKS, and an important one for me personally. It was 5 years ago, on September 24, 2014, that I was working at the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). My role at the time was to help integrate a JK (Junior Kindergarten) student who was on the autism [...] Read More

How to Help Kids Cope with their Fear of Going Back to School

08/23/19

How to Help Kids Cope with their Fear of Going Back to School

It’s that time of year again- shopping lists, final vacations, and soaking up the last of the summer sun. Back to School: a joy for some, and a significant challenge for others. We can help our kids overcome their fear of heading back to the classroom for another year with a few simple tips and [...] Read More

8 TIPS for keeping your kids engaged over the summer

06/10/19

8 TIPS for keeping your kids engaged over the summer

1. Go for a bike ride or head to the park to toss around a frisbee or fly a kite.  "This activity is all inclusive (younger kids can hop into a bike seat or trailer) and can be done with multiple families at once. The social aspect is just as much fun as the physical [...] Read More

Congratulations to the BOKS 2019 Trainers of the Year!

06/06/19

Congratulations to the BOKS 2019 Trainers of the Year!

BOKS is extremely grateful to ALL our trainers who dedicate their time to ensure our Canadian children stay physically active.  Our volunteer trainers are beyond essential and play an extremely large role in the success of BOKS. We simply can’t thank everyone enough, although given the opportunity we certainly would like to. Like last year, [...] Read More

The Importance of Yoga & Mindfulness

05/29/19

The Importance of Yoga & Mindfulness

A NOTE FROM TARA STILES – Founder of STRALA Yoga and contributor to the BOKS Yoga & Mindfulness curriculum. It’s not the yoga that heals you. It’s you that heals you. I was lucky as a kid to grow up with a healthy dose of mindfulness without the side of pretense. My parents led by example [...] Read More

How to Help Kids Cope and Deal with Stress

05/24/19

How to Help Kids Cope and Deal with Stress

When I first set out to write this I started to think about stress from a kid’s perspective. I have two daughters aged 14 and 9 and they encounter stressful situations on a weekly basis. I thought about their unique personalities and developmental stages, but what I realized as I looked at what causes stress [...] Read More

Inclusive Ways to get Everyone Moving at Recess!

05/24/19

Inclusive Ways to get Everyone Moving at Recess!

Spring has sprung! With the weather getting nicer, it’s time to get the kids outside and make the most of their RECESS time. The reality is, kids spend most of the springtime in school waiting for summer vacation to begin. With the nicer weather they will hopefully be getting outdoors more often and recess will not [...] Read More

Best Practices for Implementing Bursts into the Classroom and Home Environments

05/24/19

Best Practices for Implementing Bursts into the Classroom and Home Environments

You know that feeling when you’ve been sitting for too long and you can’t help but start to fidget and stretch? We’ve all experienced it whether we are stuck in a meeting or lounging on the couch and if we as adults experience it, you better believe it happens to kids in the classroom or [...] Read More

The Importance of Posture for Adults and Children and How to Improve It

05/09/19

The Importance of Posture for Adults and Children and How to Improve It

It is fascinating to me that the more that we look at improving our health and the quality of our lives, that we often look back the past to find the answers. The Paleo Diet became a phenomenon when it reminded us that our body’s optimum fuel sources didn’t evolve to cheese puffs and marshmallows. [...] Read More

6 tips to make physical activity fun

03/25/19

6 tips to make physical activity fun

Physical activity is good for both our body and our mind! Although we are aware of its benefits, finding the motivation to move regularly can be hard. This is even more difficult when we are not used to moving regularly. At specific times of the year, when my motivation decreases, I really need to find pleasure [...] Read More

Strategies for welcoming children with special needs into your BOKS class

03/25/19

Strategies for welcoming children with special needs into your BOKS class

We all know that children are not achieving their recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day.  But with close to 20% of children living with some form of physical or cognitive disability, these children are at even more risk of not achieving the amount of activity they need to maintain their health.    I have [...] Read More

BOKS Bit – Eat Well Plate

02/18/19

BOKS Bit – Eat Well Plate

At BOKS we are excited about the new Canada Food Guide. What a great opportunity for our Trainers to add a discussion around the new and improved Food Guide to our end of class nutrition discussions. Why not explore the “Eat Well Plate” in your next BOKS Bit? (print off and laminate the Eat Well Plate [...] Read More

Our BOKS Family had a LOT to say!

02/07/19

Our BOKS Family had a LOT to say!

Our BOKS Family had a LOT to say!   This past Fall, we asked our BOKS schools to let us know what they love about BOKS. We were overwhelmed with the response. We heard from trainers, students and parents from across the country. You shared your stories, pictures and all the reasons why BOKS is [...] Read More

How Do I Motivate Myself to Exercise First Thing in the Morning?

02/06/19

How Do I Motivate Myself to Exercise First Thing in the Morning?

Do you train early in the morning? If so, did you notice the energy boost and the increased productivity that come from it? Morning workouts offer several benefits for the mind and body, although training at any time is always good. Morning workouts increase our metabolic rate, reduce our stress level and help us burn [...] Read More

What is working for BOKS Schools Across the Country

02/06/19

What is working for BOKS Schools Across the Country

Sharing BOKS Success Stories, Tips and Tricks, from Coast to Coast We hear from our trainers on a regular basis and in many instances are lucky enough to visit your schools and see your sessions in action. What we have seen and experienced across the country blows us away each and every time. THANK YOU [...] Read More

BOKS 2018 Annual Report is here!

01/31/19

BOKS 2018 Annual Report is here!

  Through our partnership with adidas/Reebok and The Public Health Agency of Canada, we are able to continue to develop our tools, resources, and training materials, and plan to reach even more schools and children in 2019 and beyond. We encourage you to check out our 2018 Annual Report for more details about how we [...] Read More

The many benefits of Yoga & Mindfulness for children

01/24/19

The many benefits of Yoga & Mindfulness for children

Did you know that in addition to our rich core BOKS programing (both elementary and middle school curriculums), our 2-10 minute BOKS Bursts DPA activities, and so much more, BOKS Canada also provides our participating schools, teachers, parents, and other volunteer “Champions of Change” a comprehensive Yoga & Mindfulness curriculum supplement. Why Yoga and mindfulness [...] Read More

Why working with kids can make you happier

01/17/19

Why working with kids can make you happier

Working with kids can be multi-faceted - sometimes, it can be tricky, hilarious, challenging, but most of all, it's fun! As you may have experienced in your life, children are very special, and each child is unique. They are very spontaneous, full of energy and all they want is to play and keep themselves busy [...] Read More

Why you should stop being intimidated by yoga

01/17/19

Why you should stop being intimidated by yoga

If you’re like me, chances are that yoga and yoga experts intimidate you. You know the type: perfect body, great-looking (and expensive) outfits, immaculate and colorful yoga mats, perfect form, etc. Before I became a writer and translator, I used to be a Reebok Spinning instructor, and while I felt I was in great shape, [...] Read More

New Year’s Resolutions, How to Make Them Stick.

12/03/18

New Year’s Resolutions, How to Make Them Stick.

Yes, it is that time of year again. The indulgence of the holiday season more often than not leads to the desire to make changes. Therefore, the time honoured standard of New Year’s Resolutions rear their ugly heads. From a positive perspective, people want to make changes to better their lives, or those around them. [...] Read More

6 activities to encourage your children to play outside during winter!

12/03/18

6 activities to encourage your children to play outside during winter!

When the cold sets in, we tend to want to stay inside!  As parents, when winter comes around, we’d rather wait for the sun and the milder weather to come back then venture out with the kids. With some tricks and imagination, we can help children enjoy playing outdoors in all weather conditions. We must, [...] Read More

Thank you for an outstanding year!

11/30/18

Thank you for an outstanding year!

This year has been a whirlwind for us here at BOKS.  We jumped from 744 enrolled schools to an 1,100+ schools.  We are proud and awed by how many incredible volunteers have stepped up to promote health and wellness in their school communities, making a real, tangible difference in the lives of children. We know [...] Read More

Winter is Coming – How will you keep your students and kids active?

11/27/18

Winter is Coming – How will you keep your students and kids active?

Winter is right around the corner (or perhaps came early depending on what part of the country you live in). With fewer hours of daylight and colder temperatures, the struggle to maintain activity levels throughout the winter months is a challenge for parents, kids and within our school communities. Indoor recess and lunch significantly reduce [...] Read More

Be Role Models, Be The Change

10/26/18

Be Role Models, Be The Change

It’s evidently clear, a large number of Canadian kids are failing to make the grade when it comes to reaching the recommended physical activity targets for children and youth; at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day. Less hours are being devoted to active play and instead too much time is being spent [...] Read More

“Every single school I’ve visited has seen significant improvements in the kid’s grades, behaviours and social inclusion” Nicolas Boulay, CFL player

10/26/18

“Every single school I’ve visited has seen significant improvements in the kid’s grades, behaviours and social inclusion” Nicolas Boulay, CFL player

I’ve been with BOKS for three years and found the best way to break down barriers and to get through to someone is through physical exercise.  Every single school I’ve visited has seen significant improvements in the kids' grades, behaviours and social inclusion. The smiles, the laughs, the sweat and even sometimes the tears when [...] Read More

“For me personally BOKS strikes a cord” – Matthew Black, CFL player

10/26/18

“For me personally BOKS strikes a cord” – Matthew Black, CFL player

Being a part of the BOKS program for the last several years has been an absolute blast. Not only are the teachers and trainers a pleasure to work with, but also the kids I meet at every school keep me excited for the next time I’ll get to visit a BOKS school. My favorite part [...] Read More

Read this blog before you take the first bite of Halloween candy!

10/02/18

Read this blog before you take the first bite of Halloween candy!

Halloween is certainly a favourite among young children and adults alike.  Children are excited about dressing-up as an iconic super hero, monster, or cartoon character.  More importantly, they’re running door-to-door to fill their loot bags with candy…candy that is nothing more than sugar.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer all type [...] Read More

GYM CLASS TRAUMA LEADS TO FUTURE HEALTH PROBLEMS

10/02/18

GYM CLASS TRAUMA LEADS TO FUTURE HEALTH PROBLEMS

A recent article published in the Daily Mail details a new research study which found children who were picked last or excluded in gym class were more likely to exercise less as adults. While not a surprise, this is cause for great concern, as standard gym class structure is centered around the idea of competition [...] Read More

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT : CAMERON SHEARING

10/02/18

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT : CAMERON SHEARING

This student spotlight came from a very special mom, Nicole Shearing, who took the time out of her busy life to post  an update about her son on Facebook that was quickly circulated through our team. Nicole’s post not only brought tears to our eyes but served as a powerful reminder of why we do [...] Read More

Thanksgiving Day is a perfect opportunity to show gratitude – gratitude practice when practiced regularly can add years to your life

10/01/18

Thanksgiving Day is a perfect opportunity to show gratitude – gratitude practice when practiced regularly can add years to your life

On Thanksgiving Day, as families all around Canada traditionally gather around the kitchen table to give thanks andcelebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year, research show that this gratitude practice when practiced regularly can add years to your life. Dr. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the UC Davis in California [...] Read More

From 1 to 1000: reflections from the first BOKS school in Canada

09/26/18

From 1 to 1000: reflections from the first BOKS school in Canada

BOKS Canada now has 1000 schools enrolled in the BOKS program! To celebrate our 1000th school enrollment, let’s take it way back, to our very first Canadian BOKS school, and see how BOKS has positively impacted kids, staff, and the school community. This is what Don Hutchinson, Principal of Ranch Park Elementary School in Coquitlam BC, and [...] Read More

7 TIPS TO STAY ACTIVE IN ALL POSSIBLE WAY

09/18/18

7 TIPS TO STAY ACTIVE IN ALL POSSIBLE WAY

Did you know that nowadays people are sitting 9.3 hours a day, which is more than we're sleeping, at 7.7 hours? Sitting has become the smoking of our generation. Since I started working with BOKS, I have totally changed the way I work. Understanding the importance of physical activity, I try to keep myself active [...] Read More

Welcome back!

08/31/18

Welcome back!

As much as I enjoy the summer, my favourite time of year is fall. No, not just because it’s pumpkin spice season.  I love the combination of the return to routine, paired with the fresh excitement of a new year – back to making lunches and doing drop-offs and pick-ups, the kids seeing their friends [...] Read More

What it means to volunteer with BOKS

08/20/18

What it means to volunteer with BOKS

We all get to that place in our lives when we start to think about giving back. For some it starts as teens, helping with younger children or modeling our parents and role models, and helping their causes. For others, it can start later in life, once children have grown or workloads soften. No matter [...] Read More

What to do to entertain the kids for the last days of summer?

08/05/18

What to do to entertain the kids for the last days of summer?

Very soon, the summer holiday will come to an end. You have been to the zoo, the amusement park and the water slides and now the kids are getting bored at home? What to do all day? Get moving! As parents, we have to model the behavior we want our kids to have. That means [...] Read More

Share your BOKS Story

07/20/18

Share your BOKS Story

    BOKS is in more than 900 schools across this great nation.  But within each one of those schools are children, and adults, who have amazing stories to share.  Stories of transformation, of dedication, and of the power of sport to change lives.        Here are some of those tales: Roxanne Moeskops, [...] Read More

8 WAYS TO WORKOUT WITH YOUR KIDS

06/28/18

8 WAYS TO WORKOUT WITH YOUR KIDS

One of the struggles that all families will understand is this: how do I stay fit and active now that I have kids??  I look at my younger colleagues, those in their 20s and 30s who are just getting their own condos or just getting married.  I scroll through their Instagram posts and see them [...] Read More

Trainer of the Year Winners – May 2018

06/22/18

Trainer of the Year Winners – May 2018

BOKS is extremely thankful to ALL our trainers who dedicate their time to ensure our Canadian children stay physically active.  Our volunteer trainers are beyond essential and play an extremely large role in the success of BOKS.  We simply can’t thank everyone enough. “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” [...] Read More

Getting Active Outdoors with Your Kids

06/12/18

Getting Active Outdoors with Your Kids

As the weather improves across the country, we are dusting off our bikes, pumping our tires full of air and getting outdoors. Everyone is feeling the joy of longer days and warmer temperatures. But the habits of a more sedentary winter may be slow to change. How can you kick start your spring, make the [...] Read More

Did you see BOKS in the New York Times?

03/16/18

Did you see BOKS in the New York Times?

We have some extremely exciting news here at BOKS: researchers from Mass General Hospital for Children published research showing that the BOKS program not only improves BMI but also impacts children's school engagement, vitality and general happiness. Not only was the study published in the American Journal for Preventative Medicine but widely respected New York Times Journalist Gretchen Reynolds [...] Read More

Announcement from BOKS Executive Director Kathleen Tullie: INTRODUCING OUR NEW LOOK

01/22/18

Announcement from BOKS Executive Director Kathleen Tullie: INTRODUCING OUR NEW LOOK

Since founding BOKS in 2009, the program has evolved quite a bit. What began as a before-school physical activity program run by three enthusiastic moms, has turned into a movement backed by scientists and adopted by nearly 3,000 communities across the globe. Since that time, our children’s need for daily movement has become increasingly dire. [...] Read More

BOKS Trainer Spotlight: Jesse Farren-James

11/20/17

BOKS Trainer Spotlight: Jesse Farren-James

BOKS was founded on the belief that movement has the power to improve a child physically, mentally and socially. It is unclear however, whether or not the three Natick moms that startedthe program had any inclination of the impact BOKS could have on an adult. As the Marketing Manager here at BOKS HQ, it is [...] Read More

Student Spotlight: Paige Meile

10/17/17

Student Spotlight: Paige Meile

One of the best things about working for BOKS HQ is hearing about how the program is improving the lives of students, trainers and communities – and every so often we are contacted by particular individuals whose BOKS stories are so special we feel compelled to share them. Paige Meile is one of those individuals. [...] Read More

A note from Tara Stiles:  It’s not the yoga that heals you.  It’s you that heals you.

05/09/17

A note from Tara Stiles: It’s not the yoga that heals you. It’s you that heals you.

I was lucky as a kid to grow up with a healthy dose of mindfulness without the side of pretense. My parents led by example that it was important to take care of our bodies by eating close to nature, take care of ourselves and each other by acting with kindness, and take care of [...] Read More