Skidegate Health Centre gets serious about playtime

Skidegate Health Center is encouraging children to play in a rough and tumble manner with its new Jump and Run program.

The brand new addition to the Jump and Run program has the kids climbing the walls with excitement.

In an effort to get children to turn off their screens, the Skidegate Health Center is encouraging children to play in a rough and tumble manner with its new Jump and Run program.

With a grant from the Canada Post Foundation and other funds from the health centre has the program has brought in two large bouncy houses. The program is offered every other Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Jump and Run program is open to all families on Haida Gwaii.

Children must be supervised by their parent or caregiver for insurance purposes.

Jump and Run is aimed at challenging children’s sensory and motor systems to develop core strength and muscle coordination, which is important for children for reading and writing as they enter school. The program also promotes self-regulating and socialization by requiring that children wait their turn, play cooperatively with other children and engage in new challenging activities.

The organizers are working hard to make this program cellphone-free and encourage sparents to leave their phones in their pockets or cars.

“Jump and Run disconnects children and parents from unhealthy use of technologies,” programme organizer Mary Kellie said.

The program even includes students from Queen Charlotte Secondary School who get school credits for community volunteer hours.

The Jump and Run program is held at the George Brown Hall in Skidegate. The next event will take place Friday, Dec. 11

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

BC Ferries reopens limited hot food service between Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert

Release on July 8 says hot food will be served in packaging

VIDEO: Masset Dance Troupe presents beachfront ‘promenade performance’

Troupe performed ‘A Mid Summer Day’s Dream’ for family, friends on July 4 and 5

UPDATE: Masset anti-racism rally postponed

The Yahk’ii event, which means ‘truth’ in Haida, will be rescheduled at a later date

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Registration open for first-annual ‘NextIslandpreneur’ student business competition

Competition offers mentors, iPads, seed money, cash prizes to young entrepreneurs on Haida Gwaii

VIDEO: Masset Dance Troupe presents beachfront ‘promenade performance’

Troupe performed ‘A Mid Summer Day’s Dream’ for family, friends on July 4 and 5

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Northern B.C. First Nations call for reversal of grizzly bear hunting ban

Growing grizzly populations have led to fewer ungulates and increased fear of attacks says Chad Day

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read