What is it about cooler weather, shorter days and longer nights that inspires introspection? Reflection, of course, gives us the chance to learn and grow. This issue, true to the season, features many articles that delve into analysis and assessment, and propose paths for improvement and development.
The peer reviewed article Exploring the Landscape of Healthy Active Living Programming for School-aged Children in Newfoundland, for example, uses qualitative research to understand the gaps and opportunities in health-related programming for students in that province.
The issue’s second peer reviewed article, Reclaiming Indigenous Ways, Part 2 considers the theory and principals behind Rec and Read, a culturally based youth mentorship program, and outlines how organizers expanded and adapted the program by reviewing its strengths and challenges.
Also in this issue, our community spotlight section features Robynne Edgar, Director of Healthy Living for the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council in B.C. Robynne is part of a team that studies where Indigenous communities need greater support, then develops programs to empower those communities' leaders to encourage healthier living.
Phyiscal Education: A Right or a Privilege? gives thought to how teachers and schools as a whole value PE and asks questions about how physical education specialists can help shift those priorities.
In 2016-2017 Results: Quality (Daily) Physical Education Program, a review of the last school year offers insight into how well each province is engaging students in physical activity and in the development of physical literacy. Results can also serve as motivation for schools to set new targets and celebrate progress, year over year.
For these articles and more in this issue, PHE Canada is grateful for our authors' reflection, analysis and insight. Their work will help advance the field of physical and health education and improve the health and well-being of Canadian children.
We hope you enjoy the issue!