“Less than 1 in 5 children and youth in Canada meet national guidelines for physical activity, sedentary and sleep behaviours.”
— Participaction Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, 2020
Walking Champions is a free, fun and flexible walking program developed to introduce children and youth to the health and wellness life-long benefits of walking. Walking Champions will increase skills and knowledge about physical activity, and get students excited about walking with friends.
Walking Champion Schools will have access to a free downloadable handbook, downloadable challenge and access to events and virtual talks from Canadian Olympians! Walking Champion Schools will also receive existing AMA Youth Run Club supports that support a foundation of physical activity in your school community.
Walking Champions Handbook
The Walking Champions Handbook is designed to support your walking club with ideas and tips on how to walk in 5 fun and exciting ways. Walking for transportation, walking in different environments, walking for social interaction, walking for health and wellness, walking for speed. The associated challenge is a way for you to track your clubs' progress as you walk for different reasons throughout the year. Be sure to download both to get the most support for your Walking Champions club.