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Program teaches Mohawk ECE students how to instill healthy lifestyle habits in young children

Twenty-four first-year Early Childhood Education students from Mohawk College received training to help preschoolers and school age children stay healthy and fit thanks to a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Sport and Recreation Community Fund.

The program the students received trained for is called Run, Jump, Throw (RJT). RJT is a national program from Athletics Canada that is designed to develop fundamental movements to support physical activity in young children. RJT aims to give children a physical activity program that is a strong foundation for all sports so they grow in to adults who are physically active, have lower obesity rates and overall better health.

“When children are able to run, jump and throw, hop, skip and jump properly, they are more likely to want to take part in sports later on in life,” says Kathy Kemp, an Early Childhood Education professor at Mohawk College. “These critical stages in the early years, are crucial to help build basic skills and to set children on the right track to becoming and staying physically literate.”

Kemp says the two-day training program which included a mix of in class education, physical drills and lesson plan development qualifies the Mohawk students as nationally recognized RJT instructors. The training highlighted fundamental skills such as balance, coordination, endurance and confidence, she added. The students will be able to apply the RJT knowledge in their field when working with preschoolers and school age children.

“(RJT training) was a wonderful experience,” says first-year ECE student Leigh Wetherup. “It was informative and supportive to the work we do in our field. After the Run, Jump, Throw Training I now feel more competent and excited to incorporate physical literacy into my daily curriculum.”

The RJT training was provided by Physical Literacy for All Hamilton in partnership with Athletics Ontario and Blessed Sacrament Basketball. The classes were run at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre in Hamilton this week.

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Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.