We will discuss the reality of children’s physical activity – or more correctly, lack thereof. The competing distraction from screen-based sedentary behaviours as well as other perceived and real challenges to children’s physical activity will be confronted.
Dr. Angie Kolen has been actively promoting physical activity to children with her students since joining the Department of Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) in 2001. A dynamic and engaging educator, Angie was recognized in 2005 with an Outstanding Teaching Award (StFX), in 2007 with the Atlantic Association of Universities Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2010 with the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Although Angie’s primary teaching responsibilities are to students in their first and fourth years, she is heavily involved in the StFX and broader communities delivering presentations/workshops, organizing student research days, and contributing her expertise on a number of local, provincial and national committees. Angie is also a co-facilitator of the StFX Leadership Academy, the only one of its kind in Canada. Angie practices what she preaches regarding physical activity promotion and reducing sedentary time via her active teaching methods in her classes, presentations, and workshops. Angie has been a co- or lead-investigator in three provincial surveillances of physical activity and dietary intake of students in grades 3, 7, and 11 in Nova Scotia. In addition to informing provincial policies, this research has led to the creation and implementation of Fit 4 Life, an after-school low-organized games program for students in grades 2 to 5 and the Fit 4 Tots, movement exploration program for children under the age of 5 years and their parents/guardians. These 10-week programs are delivered each term by Angie and about 60-70 university-student-volunteers as part of their service learning.
Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines: http://www.csep.ca/english/view.asp?x=949
Active Health Kids Canada – 2013 Report Card: Are we driving out kids to unhealthy habits? http://www.activehealthykids.ca/ReportCard/ReportCardOverview.aspx
Since the 1940s, Canada has been a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world: the ‘Five Eyes’ – an international alliance of signals intelligence organizations that also includes Britain, the US, Australia and New Zealand. The alliance has remained cloaked in secrecy until relatively recently. The Snowden ‘revelations’ have cast a harsh spotlight on their activities. This presentation will set the current controversy in historical context, and will offer a perspective on the impact of the Snowden case and the related social media revolution on the future work of the Five Eyes.
David Charters is Professor of Military History and Senior Fellow of the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick. He has been teaching, researching and publishing on modern warfare for some 35 years. His particular fields of expertise include terrorism and countering terrorism, counter-insurgency, special operations, and intelligence activities. Born and raised in Montreal, and a graduate of the University of New Brunswick (BA and MA), he received his PhD in War Studies from King’s College, University of London, in 1980. He was a co-founder and for twenty years Director of the Centre for Conflict Studies, the predecessor of the Gregg Centre. In addition to his academic work he has served as a consultant to the media and to government, and has lectured to a wide range of professional audiences. From 2005 to 2008 he served on the federal government’s Advisory Council on National Security. Dr. Charters is author of over 100 publications covering the spectrum of his fields of expertise. He is currently writing a book on command and control of British forces in Northern Ireland during the first six years of the Troubles. His most recent book is a spy novel, Beneath the Rose, just published last month. When not engaged in academic work, Dr. Charters has been an avid competitor in car racing at Atlantic Motorsport Park. He is married, has two grown children, and lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.