Services

Active Living

The Be Fit for Life Centre supports the development of physical literacy by providing resources and opportunities for all Albertans to engage in active living.  This section supports individuals, families, workplaces, teams, community groups and schools with ideas to incorporate activity into their daily routines.

Programs, Presentations & Courses

PLAY Days
Age: 6 - 12 years

This FREE, drop-in activity will have kids outside being active and having FUN!

July 2 - August 8 | View the poster for times and locations | Register here!

For more information, contact Paige by phone at: 403.529.3839 or email: step_sportwellness@mhc.ab.ca


Active Programs and Mentorship Sessions
Looking for active ideas for your school, sport, community or recreation group?  Check out the Be Fit for Life service menu or contact befitforlife@mhc.ab.ca for a special request. Many of our sessions can be delivered with a mentorship component to provide resource training for leaders.

NEW! PLAY Book
Check out the PLAY Book to learn about our partner organizations and find active ideas for your school, sport, community or recreation group.

View the PLAY Book

Limited hard copies are also available, email befitforlife@mhc.ab.ca to request one.

Physical Literacy

PLAY (Physical Literacy & You) Medicine Hat

Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.International Physical Literacy Association, May, 2014 

The development of physical literacy is an international movement supported nationally by Canadian Sport for Life and provincially by PLAY Alberta. The Be Fit for Life Network is a leader in mobilizing PLAY Groups throughout the province. The Medicine Hat College Be Fit for Life Centre leads the southeast Alberta group- PLAY Medicine Hat. It is a group of various community stakeholders and is supported by the regional collaborative - Moving and Choosing.  The group collectively supports organizations to engage in programming and assessment activities that develop fundamental movement skills and the first 3 and last stages of the Canadian Sport for Life - Long Term Athlete Development Model to support Albertans in being active for life.  Click here to view the partnership’s current Terms of Reference.

Current PLAY Medicine Hat members:

For more information or to join PLAY Medicine Hat, contact Tara at tchisholm@mhc.ab.ca.

Check out these links to gain a better understanding of physical literacy.

Play MH logo

Links
  • Learn about PLAY groups throughout Alberta: befitforlife.ca/play 
  • A web platform to connect PLAY groups: plconnect.ca
  • Information, links, resources for coaches, parents and athletes cs4l.com
  • Resources, tools, and activities to help raise happy healthy kids activeforlife.com
  • Learn everything you need to learn about Physical Literacy through a variety of tools, videos and resources physicalliteracy.ca
  • Passport for Life is a program that supports the understanding, assessment and development of physical literacy among students and teachers passportforlife.ca
  • Great site with resources and information of what physical literacy is phecanada.ca/programs/physical-literacy
  • Activities, resources, planning and training support and a snack database. The Canadian Active Afterschool Partnership website also includes provincial portals. activeafterschool.ca/alberta
  • Ever Active Schools supports school communities in engaging in a comprehensive school health approach. www.everactive.org
  • Free program for schools that promotes and tracks healthy habits including: nutrition, sleep, hydration, mental health, physical activity and screen time. 60minkidsclub.org
  • Professional development opportunity on physical literacy for leaders www.generalplayskills.com


Moving & Choosing

The Medicine Hat College Be Fit for Life Centre is a founding partner of the Moving and Choosing community collaborative that facilitates committee work to impact the health and wellness of children and youth in Southeast Alberta.  Moving and Choosing utilizes a collective approach to facilitate change in our community. View the website here, and social media pages: Twitter and Facebook.

Females in Action, Moving and Empowering (FAME)

The BFFL partners with the Alberta Sport Development Centre Southeast and other community stakeholders to support women and girls living an active healthy life. FAME is a community collaboration bringing people together to share, learn, build capacity, and develop a support network to enhance and develop opportunities, while as well advocating for women and girls in sport and physical activity in Medicine Hat/Southeastern Alberta.  For information on this initiative view the website, social media pages: Twitter and Facebook or email: famemedicinehat@gmail.com

Resources For Purchase

Resources for Purchase Available for purchase are a variety of Be Fit for Life Network resources developed to provide easy to follow activity and lesson ideas for parents, leaders, student leaders, teachers, coaches and care givers. Click here to view. 

Downloadable Resources

Be Fit for Life Network Downloadable Resources

www.befitforlife.ca has many resources available to download for FREE!

Available downloadable resources include information and activity sheets, activity cards, posters and lesson plans for a variety of activities including Indigenous Traditional Game, early childhood, outdoor play, mindful movement and more. Check them out here.

Additional Downloadable Resources

Adventure PLAY
Learn tips to encourage Adventure PLAY in this information handout. Download it here! It includes a fun activity to learn the cardinal directions. Also have fun playing Adventure PLAY BINGO- download the card here!

Tropical Yoga Adventure
Focus, relax and take a moment to reflect with the Tropical Yoga Adventure. Try it on your own or with a group of any age as a quick, fun and useful brain break! If you are unsure of what a pose looks like, use your imagination and make up your own. View the activity here.

Mindful Moments Bookmarks
These fun colourful bookmarks provide everyday ideas and simple techniques to inspire mindfulness. This resource was developed in partnership with the CHHS Blue Crew Wellness Team. Print the document, linked here, double-sided on cardstock and cut into bookmarks to share

Introduction to the Weight Room
Download this resource for an easy to follow workout routine adaptable for almost any weight room.

PLAY (Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth) Tools
Assessment tools for multiple settings to empower parents, leaders, teachers and coaches with usable data to create a foundation for program development.

Active for Life Lesson Plans
Age based lesson plans for educators, care givers and program leaders.

Physical Literacy Fill in the Blanks
Use this resource to test your physical literacy knowledge with this fun fill in the blank worksheet.

Activity Sticks
An easy and fun way to include bursts of activity throughout your day.  Simply draw a stick and perform the activity listed.  Click to download a resource to create your own Activity Sticks.

     

Summer Olympic Fit Zone
Set up a Summer Olympic Fit Zone in your school.

Designate a high traffic area as a Fit Zone and post the Fit Zone posters (1-56-10) illustrating a variety of Summer Olympic Sport activities.  Encourage staff and students to perform the posted activities each time they pass through the Fit Zone.  Keep your participants interested by changing the activities posted frequently.
 
Create a class or school challenge by sending home the Summer Olympic Take Home Sheet encouraging families to participate by setting up their own Fit Zone at home.  Students and families can then track their participation and your school or classroom could create an incentive for participating.

Minute to Move It
Minute to Move It includes fun challenges utilizing everyday items. A great way to get moving and fun for all fitness levels. Download the posters and set-up here. Click here for a copy of the Minute to Move It score sheet.

Arena Circuit
Looking for a circuit workout appropriate for a stadium, arena or gymnasium? Find it here. Download the circuit posters: Click here for posters 1 to 4. Click here for posters 5 to 8.

Olympic Adventure Circuit
Check out the Olympic-themed circuit and try using equipment on hand or book a session with the Be Fit for Life Centre.

Olympic Family Challenge

Lesson Plans Embedded with Indigenous Teachings

Medicine Hat College third year pre-service education students collaborated with Indigenous Knowledge Keepers to develop lesson plans embedded with Indigenous teachings. Click here to view the resources.

Contact Us
Amy Risk Richardson
Wellness Coordinator
Tel: 403.504.3548
befitforlife@mhc.ab.ca

Office Hours*
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

*Our hours are flexible and can be changed to accommodate your schedule.

Our Staff

Amy Risk Richardson, BFFL staff member
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Tara Chisholm, BFFL staff member
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Kayla Repas, BFFL staff member
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Brittney Nyrose, BFFL staff member
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