Parent Resources and Research Opportunities

Active Kids is an integral part of the School’s strategic plan to advance and disseminate interdisciplinary knowledge that fosters community health and wellbeing through physical activity, physical literacy, and sport. We encourage you to view and share the information below.

Healthy Eating Tips for Children and Families Booklet

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Healthy Eating Tips booklet created by UBC Active Kids and UBC School of Kinesiology faculty and students!

This booklet includes nutrition tips from the School of Kinesiology covering ideas for healthy eating habits, meal planning, Indigenous food and nutrition and lots of family-friendly recipes!

Click here  to read and share with friends and family!

Parent Resources

Research Participation Opportunities for Kids and Adults

Would you like to be part of a global initiative monitoring the new World Health Organization Guidelines for physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children?

As part of the International Study of Movement Behaviours in the Early Years (SUNRISE), the Population Physical Activity Lab will be recruiting Active Kids families and 3-4 year old children to participate in a series of cognitive, motor and physical assessments in the new year.

Look out for announcements in January 2024 about how you can participate!

We Are an Active Family Study

Are you a parent looking to get more active with your kids? If so, consider joining our new study! Research shows supportive parenting practices largely influence children’s overall activity levels.

Our study aims to facilitate discussion and provide tools which may help support the health and activity levels for both children and their parents. In addition to these benefits, participation will inform future research and innovation in family physical health.

Families will be compensated up to $150 for completing the following over a 6-month period:

  • Baseline and end-point fitness tests for participating
  • Three introductory workshops to set the whole family up for success
  • Three online check-ins
  • Four one-week periods of physical activity monitoring with a wearable fitness device

For more details, click here to view the recruitment poster.

Please contact Evie at to join or request additional info. Subject the email "We Are An Active Family Study"

This research is being conducted by the University of Victoria in partnership with the University of British Columbia to support South Vancouver Island and Greater Vancouver Region families.

Acute Stress and Exercise Performance Study

The study is being conducted by the Fitness, Aging, and Stress (FAST) Lab at the University of British Columbia

The goal of this study is to determine how the stress response influences the chemicals in our body, as well how these chemicals change the way that we perform in an exercise task.

The APEX Study is recruiting participants!
• The APEX study seeks to understand how our responses to stressful events impact our physiological and psychological responses when we exercise.
• 18-30-year-old females
• Free of chronic medical conditions
• Currently not using any method of hormonal contraceptive/birth control
• FAST Lab, School of Kinesiology, UBC Vancouver campus
• Cash honorarium
• Free personal fitness assessment
• Tips for living a more active, healthy lifestyle

For more information about what the study entails, and how to participate please visit:
• @apex_study_ubc on Instagram
• UBC APEX Study on Facebook
Please note that if you like or comment on this post, you will be identified with the study.

Examining Various Administration Methods for UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development Index 2030 Assessment

You are invited to learn about a research study being conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). We are seeking parents of children 3-4 years-old, who are the primary caregiver of the child. This study seeks to examine an assessment created by UNICEF to determine children’s level of development (e.g., cognitive, social-emotional, physical development) to compare countries around the world. Researchers at CHEO want to examine this measurement tool, to test the assessment when completed in a variety of ways (e.g., paper-based questionnaire, phone interview).

Participation is voluntary. If you consent to participate you will be asked to complete a child development assessment three times. Each assessment will take approximate 5 minutes and be completed twice as interviews with a researcher and once as a self-directed questionnaire. One week will pass between each time you complete the assessments.  You will be asked to participate in:

  • 1 in-person interview at a mutually preferred location
  • 1 interview by phone or zoom (method will be randomly selected)
  • 1 self-directed paper based or online questionnaire (method will be randomly selected)

In each assessment you will be asked to provide information about your child’s development (e.g., ability to count, ability to jump). Additionally, one time you will be asked to complete a questionnaire with some information about you and your child (e.g., child’s age, primary caregiver’s education).

Participation will require a total of approximately 20 minutes over a 2-week period.

If you would like more information please click here or contact the principal investigator Dr. Guy Faulkner (

If you have any concerns or complaints about your rights as a research participant and/or your experiences while participating in this study, contact the Research Participant Complaint Line in the UBC Office of Research Ethics at 604-822-8598 or if long distance e-mail or call toll free 1-877-822-8598.