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How to Make Physical Activity a Priority for Your Children

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

How do you make physical activity a priority for your children? What are the biggest challenges that you face in keeping your children physically active?

It wasn’t that long ago that if a child complained of boredom, they were shooed outside to play in the great outdoors. Exploring the backyard, riding a bike, playing street hockey with friends—nothing cured boredom like a little exercise, right? But somewhere along the way, things changed. And now, our kids are physical-activity failures.

In their sixth annual Report Card on Physicial Activity for Children and Youth—released this week—Active Healthy Kids Canada has given Canadian children an F when it comes to their physical activity levels. This is the fourth year in a row that a failing grade has been assigned.

According to the report, less than half of Canadian kids under the age of five are getting regular physical activity as part of their daily lives. And national data shows that 15.3 percent of children aged two to five are overweight, while 6.3 percent are obese. Researchers say that this doesn’t bode well for their future.

“It’s estimated that overweight two- to five-year-olds are four times as likely to become overweight as adults,” said Dr. Mark Tremblay, chief scientific officer for Active Healthy Kids Canada, in a news release.

At a time when more parents are working outside the home, money is tight and time is limited, it can seem much easier to let kids surf the web and watch TV than force them outside to get the recommended 90 minutes of daily activity. And let’s face it—sending your kids outside to play unsupervised doesn’t feel as safe as it did once upon a time. But with only 27 percent of parents reporting that they’re aware of Canada’s physical activity guidelines, it’s clear that something needs to change, for the sake of kids’ current and future health.

“As parents, we have the power to influence the long-term health of our kids through physical activity,” said Kelly Murumets, President and CEO of ParticipACTION, in a news release. “We can put our children and youth on the path to active lives by encouraging household habits that limit screen time, include outdoor play and build family time around moving more.”

This year, the federal government also received a failing grade for their investment—or lack thereof—in physical education programs. In fact, federal spending is half the amount now that it was in 1986. So it looks like parents aren’t the only ones who need to step up their game.

How to Choose Your Walking Cane Handle

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Just like any other accessories, cane handle can contribute to your image and make using your walking cane much more enjoyable. Have you ever wondered how many styles of cane handles there are, where they come from, and what their history is?

Over the years many different styles have come and gone, and a few have remained as staples in the manufacture and use of walking canes. People choose differing styles to fit their grip, provide comfortable support, and fit with their personal style.

For instance, the classic tourist walking cane, also known as a crook handle or a j-shaped cane, is a very popular choice. It is one of the original models, first employed by shepherds and farmers centuries ago as a walking aid, tool for guiding their livestock, as well as a cudgel for fending off the wolves. This cane handle offers a comfortable curving grip as well as a classic look, and the convenience of being able to hang it on a doorknob when not in use, or over your arm when you need to reach for your wallet or checkbook.

The derby handle walking cane became popular later, as a more form-fitting cane handle was needed for even more comfort and stability. The shape of this walking cane allows your hand to grasp it while distributing your weight along the shaft of the cane, creating a piece that is as functional as it is fashionable.

From the derby style came the fritz cane, which is designed in much the same way, but with an open end to keep your fingers from having to feel cramped as you grasp it properly. This cane is great for users who suffer from arthritis, or those who want a more contemporary take on and old design. Another fresh great look is the knob-handled cane. This fashionable walking stick comes in a variety of styles and designs. From the ancient, antique look of a root-knob cane to a modern ball-clock handle, this style offers the cosmopolitan appeal that few others can bring to any outfit.

Of course there are more styles of walking canes and cane handles to choose from, including ergonomically designed palm-grip handles, fashionable tuxedo canes, animal canes, special gadget cane, military canes… The list can go on and on. Our main advice to you is: before you make your purchase, make sure you consider the style of handle you would like. Give a thought to how it will feel to grasp, as well as what it will bring to your outfit and your image as a whole.