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Tuesday February 15th, 2011 will go down as a an epic day of snowboarding!  Thank you Ular, the snow goddess, for all the powder on Mount Washington!  Hope everyone gets a chance to head out into the mountains as it is still snowing!!!!

Kids and Excercise

Canadian youngsters should spend no more than two hours daily in front of computer and TV screens, according to new behaviour guidelines.

Brothers, from left to right, Matthew, 11, C.J., 5, and Andrew Dalglish, 8, go sliding in a park near their Toronto home after school on Friday, February 11, 2011. (Darren Calabrese / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology unveiled the guidelines Tuesday in hopes of minimizing the time children and youth between ages five and 17 spend in low-energy behaviours.

On top of the expected recommendations — spend less time playing passive video games and watching TV — the guidelines say youth should try to scale back sedentary transport, such as taking the bus or travelling by car.

Kids, five to 11, are encouraged to walk to school with a group of friends in their neighbourhood. Older youth are asked to consider biking to school. Or instead of texting a friend, why not try getting up and visiting them in person.

But it’s a tough task, reducing “screen time.”

The average school-age Canadian spends about 62 per cent of their waking hours in screen time — that’s 8.6 hours a day.

The society released its physical activity guidelines for Canadians only a few weeks ago. Children and youth were advised to get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day. However, only about 7 per cent of youth meet those guidelines, the society says.

“We’re not saying replace sedentary behaviour with exercise per se — (although) that would be wonderful. But replace it with something else other than sedentary behaviour,” Mark Tremblay, chair of the physical activity guidelines committee told The Canadian Press.

“If that’s just standing more often, then wonderful. If it’s walking more often, if it’s getting outside, if it’s doing chores around the house, if it’s doing a hobby that doesn’t have you sitting immobile, then what our research shows is that that is associated with a decrease in health risks over and above the benefits that kids get from high-level physical activity.”

With computers built into the curriculum, some schools are looking at new ways to get their students moving.

At Earl Grey School in Winnipeg, they are trying out after-school dance classes.

“They’re participating and being fit, but they’re not aware of it and that works really well,” principal Gail Singer told CTV News.

In New Brunswick, the province’s largest school district is incorporating physical activities into more student routines.

School District 2 recently announced the launch of Move 2 Improve at Beaverbrook School in Moncton and its investment in exercise equipment, such as treadmills and spin bikes.

With a report by CTV’s Jill Macyshon in Winnipeg

POWDER ALERT!

The snow has been falling all weekend and continues to fall.  Grab your skis or snowboard, call your friends and family and head for the mountains.   

Valentines Day Weekend Special

Enjoy a Valentine weekend getaway to remember! Lake front cottages starting from $150 per night.

Winter Mountain Biking on Vancouver Island

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/19380961]Vancouver Island has some of the most contrasting environments I have seen anywhere in the world.  I don’t know of too many places where you can measure the snow depth in the 500cm range in the alpine and in the valley have forest that one can mountain bike in.  All with a few minutes of each other.

Strathcona Park Centennial Expedition

This year BC will be celebrating its 100th year of its park system.  To commemorate this a group of adventures last summer decided to recreate the Strathcona Discovery Expedition of July 1910.  Strathcona Park Lodge was fortunate enough to assist in the completion of this expedition.   You can find out more information about the trip by following the link to Strathcona Centennial Expedition.  Below is the trailer for the expedition.

Outdoor Parenting

Journey into the world of climbers, surfers and skiers as they embark on the biggest journey of their lives….raising kids!  Click HERE to go to the website dedicated to raising “the little ones” in the great outdoors. Enjoy the website!

World’s Fasted Bicycle Rider

Who knew that the world’s fastest bicycle rider was from Quadra Island, BC, Canada?  Sam Whittingham, Owner of Naked Bicycles, can pedal up to 83 MPH!  WOW, that is extremely fast.  Not only does he own the record for fastest person on a bike, but also for the longest distance gone in one hour at 86km.  You can find out more about his records by clicking here.  For a recent interview on Sam click on the http://www.cheknews.ca/ website and click on the Naked Bikes clip.  GO SAM GO!

Great Web Videos for YOUR Pleasure!

Last year a great series of great web videos were released called “The Season.”  Produced on the West Coast of Canada, this web series follows 5 athletes pursuing snowboarding, climbing, mountain biking and paddling.  You can find the all 21 episodes by clicking on the following address http://www.theseasontv.com/.

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Salmon Fishing Fall 2010

Campbell River is the Salmon fishing capital of the world.  Every fall the Salmon run occurs bringing fisherman from around the world to catch Salmon.  Thanks to Cyclops on Vimeo for the video.  You can find the rest of his videos here .

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