Physical education in our schools needs to change. No Running is an in-depth look at how various people – educators, parents, administrators, and others – are coming together to make physical education a key piece in combating the global obesity epidemic.

No Running is a must-watch for every parent and educator.

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No Running is a feature documentary that focuses on Physical Education in the school system.

Computers, tablets, smartphones, videogames: a short list of what will keep any kid on the couch for hours. None of these devices require any more physical activity than the extreme workout of the fingertips. Oh, and television. That remote control thumb gets some serious sweat-inducing reps in a binge sesh of a favorite show.

Gone are the days when “go play outside” meant actually running around for a game of tag until the streetlights turn on. Youths’ physical activity is not what it use to be.

Sedentary lifestyles are the new normal and threaten a laundry list of health problems in children and teens: Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and even social discrimination. It boils down to simply the lack of movement — ranking in the top 10 for children’s health concerns. Meanwhile, funding for physical education in schools continues to dwindle.

Sure, the world has changed from the days of “go play outside.” But how much? In many families, both parents work leaving video games and Internet devices to raise their kids; devices that conspire against them to live inactive lives.

But why should physical education in schools be the front line? When it comes to getting kids active, our schools hold a special advantage: they have our kids all week long. They have immediate access to gymnasiums and sports fields. They have their attention.

No Running delves into the following questions:

  • How is physical education regarded by kids?
  • Are kids’ physical literacy compromised?
  • Can school curricula expand for a practical understanding on how the body works?
  • How inactivity is now called the “new cancer”?
  • Are there any solutions?
  • Is there a resistance to these solutions? If so, why?
  • Would kids and teens have the forethought to even care?
  • What does the future of physical education look like?

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We need to really keep on looking at Physical Literacy, but what I’m seeing is a cut back in Physical Education.

Dr. Joanna Sheppard, PhD Associate Professor Faculty of Health Sciences, Kinesiology, University of the Fraser Valley

Every child needs a repertoire of movement skills they can do competently … if you can’t do movements well you can’t progress in life.

Dr. Dean Kriellaars World-renowned expert in the field of Physical Literacy, University of Manitoba

I think it’s crucial we get those fundamental movement skills down early when kids are receptive to it.

Harminder (Harry) Toor – Author and Co-owner of Envision Physiotherapy

What we have seen in studies is the earlier the kids move, the better. Exercise improves our attention system and it improves it greatly.

Dr. John RateyBest Selling Author & Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry

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To learn key concepts and quick tips that can help you maximize your quality sport experience, download the relevant PDF.

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No Running is made possible with funding from TELUS Optik Local and is available for free on demand on TELUS Optik TV.


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