Celebrate the Past

The special anniversary site will continue to develop and we hope you will help by submitting your Then and Now memories.  What were the issues back Then and what is the status Now! 

  Then                                                      Now
Trends in Health

School Health Education

CAHPER Journal

September, 1954

Lorne Brown

Prov. Normal School

Vancouver, BC

……It is important that we have health education in the grades. It is more important that we become realistic that we have not been successful so far.

…It is obvious to me that the whole approach to health education in the classroom must change. How often do we see children reciting perfectly Canada’s Food Rules, after which they proceed to the corner store and buy a bottle of pop and a doughnut for lunch? All the advertising we see, which truly establishes the pattern of living among you people is directed at the emotional side of life, and not the intellectual.

…Certainly great progress has been made in the last half of the century. This is part, due to the great expansion of public health services. It is partly due to the newer concepts being passed on to our teachers in training. It is partly due to the valuable work of the Federal government and the many voluntary agencies at work among us. We have solved many of the problems of disease and sanitation. We are entering an era where many of the degenerative and mental diseases will be better understood and therefore treated more adequately. The day will come in our lifetime when we shall know more about the cause of accidents and the effects of a more sedentary life, the problems related to food and diet, the real effects of alcohol and tobacco and so on. I am very optimistic of the future as long as we broaden our outlook and consider that the health of all peoples of the world is essential if we are to survive.

Canada urged to ban junk-food ads aimed at kids

OTTAWA - Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's medical officer of health, is calling on Canadian politicians to address the country's growing obesity rate by banning junk food advertising to children under 13.



Ontario Schools To Be Trans Fat Free

McGuinty Government Giving Kids Healthier Choices

April 16, 2008

Students in Ontario will be getting healthier because the food and beverages sold in schools will need to be free of trans fat.

Levels of obesity among young Canadian children have nearly tripled over the last 25 years. Providing healthier options and reducing trans fat will help improve the health of young people.

The legislation passed today will require schools to drop trans fat from school cafeterias, vending machines and tuck shops. Some foods that naturally contain small amounts of trans fat, such as beef and milk, will be allowed. Special event days will be exempt.



        Then                                                      Now
Looking back at CAHPERD’s strategic objectives
To stimulate universal, intelligent and active interest in Health and Physical Education Acquire and disseminate knowledge pertaining to physical activity of human beings Develop and build the fundamental blocks of quality physical and health education
To promote interest and strive for the establishment of educative programs under the direction of adequately trained teachers Promote the establishment of acceptable programs of physical activity under the direction of qualified leaders Develop and build the fundamental building blocks of Quality Physical and Health Education.
To co-operate with kindred interests and organizations in furtherance of these aims Encourage relationships among professional groups concerned with human physical activity Influence governments, organizations and individual to understand, endorse and take action on Quality Physical and Health Education.
        Then                                                           Now
Board of Directors
Mr. Jack Lang, Honorary President

MR. J. H. Passmore, President

Professor of Physical Education

Ontario College of Education

DR. Max L. Howell, Past President

Faculty of Physical Education

University of Alberta

MR. A. W. Eriksson,Vice President for

 Health Education

Faculty of Physical Education

University of Alberta


Dr. Micheal S. Yuhasz,Vice President for

Physical Education

Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation Education.

University of Western Ontario.


D. L. Cunnings, Vice-President for Recreation Education

Recreation Director

K. Wipper, Chairman of the

 Finance Committee

Hart House,University of Toronto


A. F. Affleck, Chairman of the Membership Committee

Faculty of Physical Education,

University of Alberta.

Dr. Bryce M. Taylor, Chairman of the

 Publication Committee

York University

Miss Dorothy Walker, Chairman of the

Affiliation committee

Yves Belanger, Chairman of the

Speakers Bureau

 La Commission des Écoles Catholiques

André Hupé, Chairman for French Speaking’ Bureau

Dept. D’Education Physique,

Université de Montréal.


Miss Helen Gurney, Chairman, Women’s Athletic Committee

Inspector of Physical Education,

Ontario Department of Education

Dr. Donald W. Bailey, Chairman,

Research Committee

University of Saskatchewan

H. J. McLachlin, Member-at-Large

Faculty of Physical Education,

University of Alberta


C.R. Blackstock, Executive Director

National Office, C.A.H.P.E.R.

Grant McManes, President

Physical Education/Health Education Consultant
Winnipeg, MB

Mark Jones, President Elect

St. John's, NF
Irene Wallace, BC & Yukon

School of Exercise Science

Physical & Health Education

University of Victoria

Wayne Meadows, Alberta & NT


Physical Education & Athletics

Calgary, AB

Louise Humbert , Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK

Heather Willoughby, Manitoba & Nunavut

Manitoba Education, Citizenship & Youth

Winnipeg, MB
Christine Preece, Ontario

Health Promotion Officer

Community Health Services Department

Sarnia, ON

Gordon Oliver, Québec

McGill University

Montreal, QC

TBD , New Brunswick
Amanda Stanec , Nova Scotia
St Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, NS
Robyn MacDonald , Prince Edward Island

St. Jean's Elementary School

Chalottetown, PE

Antony Card , Newfoundland/Labrador

School of Human Kinetics and Recreation
Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John's, NF

        Then                                                           Now
Name Change

Proposed plan submitted by Marshall Smith to the CAHPERD Journal in March 1958:


“…coordinate all existing organizations in one simple workable plan where the emphasis would be directed at the three divisions of the former self, CAHPER. So when talking to the average lay person, we, members of CAHPER, would not have to apologize that we belong to the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (burdensome) or to CAHPER (not too often understood). Rather, we should say that we belong to the Canadian Association of Physical Education, or the Canadian Association of Recreation, or the Canadian Association of Health, whatever the case may be.”

At the recent CAHPERD Board of Directors meeting, a motion was passed that involves the suggestion of a name change at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in May 2008. The recommended name is: Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada). The name change is being suggested as a way to better reflect our vision and our mission (which remains unchanged). The CAHPERD Board recognizes that as we continue to raise more awareness about physical and health education in Canada beyond our traditional sectors (to include parents, media and the general public) and diversify our funding base and seek additional partners, a name change will assist these efforts significantly.
Canada Fitness Award

Fitness and Amateur Sport launched the Canada Fitness Award Program. By 1986, more than 16 million Canadian children participated in the CFA program and over 12 million awards were given out. The program was discontinued in 1992 because it was viewed as “discouraging to those who needed the most encouragement.”


2007, Sport Canada commissions CAHPERD to undertake a study to examine the feasibility of introducing a new national program to build on the legacy of the Canada Fitness Award program.  An advisory committee was formed who, among other things, considered the lessons learned from the Canada Fitness Award and other offshoot programs. The advisory committee came to the conclusion that the introduction of a new program, if done properly, is not only needed but timely.



Taken from PHE Journal December 1954, pg 15

With memberships coming in to this office daily, it is difficult to make a report on the exact number of members in our Association.  However, I am sure many of you would like to know just where your area stands in CAHPER’s.

Here are the figures as compiled on Friday, December 10th, 1954 at 12:30 pm.


From East to West we  have:                     





Nova Scotia



Prince Edward Island



New Brunswick























British Columbia            






Here are the figures as compiled on Wednesday April 9, 2008 at 8:30am.

 From East to West we  have:



of which are students

Nova Scotia



Prince Edward Island



New Brunswick
























British Columbia            






        Then                                                           Now
1971 2003 2007
ParticipACTION was born with the mandate to encourage healthy, active living for all Canadians. ParticipACTION, due to funding restraints, was shut down. February 2007, ParticipACTION was revitalized thanks to renewed funding from the federal government.
Smoking Statistics
48% 35% 31% 26%
Approximate cost of cigarettes $.85 a pack     Approximate cost of cigarettes $10.00/pack.

On the way to a smoke-free Canada
Broadcast Date: April 22, 1987

In bits and pieces, smoking has been banned from many public places across Canada. But there's still one place where smokers can light up freely – the workplace. Not for long, however. Two new bills before Parliament will require federal buildings to become smoke-free in 1988.

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    Anti-smoking legislation (public places, cars, etc.) is prominent in Canada

1965 CAHPER Journal ad Vol 32 No 2


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