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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