Making Healthy Connections with Racialized Communities

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Girls and Young Women's Experiences with Sport, Physical Activity and Healthy Living

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) has released a new report about the healthy living experiences of girls and young women from ethnic communities. The report discusses the unique sport and physical activity needs, interests and experiences of girls and young women from ethnic communities, shares insights and experiences from community and program leaders, and provides recommendations to enhance program and service delivery.

The report is part of CAAWS' Making Healthy Connections with Racialized Communities: Girls and Young Women's Experiences with Sport, Physical Activity and Healthy Living project. According to Sport Canada's 2005 "Sport Participation in Canada" report, girls and women from ethnic communities are the most underrepresented in the Canadian sport and recreation system. In the 2006 "Inclusive Model for Sport and Recreation Programming for Immigrant and Refugees Youth", the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) reported that many community-based sport and physical activity programs are not gender appropriate, and fail to address parental and cultural concerns with respect to girls' and young women's participation. OCASI  recommended that more girl-focused programs be created.

To download the Report, the application package to be a Workshop Facilitator and/or to host a workshop in your community, visit  CAAWS’ website.