Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Hosts an Inclusive Fitness Program for Youth

As we know, ensuring that children get a proper amount of fitness each day is so important to their health and well-being. Fortunately, Holland Bloorivew Kids rehabilitation Hospital hosts an Inclusive Fitness Program for Youth so that all children have the same opportunity to participate in sports and fitness activities, regardless of their abilities.

Igniting Fitness Possibilities Program (IFP)

is an inclusive program that is designed to mobilize kids with and without disabilities to engage with and foster a passion for physical activity.


This program is an inclusive program that focuses on providing enjoyable physical activity opportunities among inactive youth in grades 1 through 12 of all abilities. The program involves both sport-based skills as well as non-competitive, teamwork-based games. Both of these options allow youth of all abilities to be active in a social setting, an aspect of childhood that is so crucial to emotional happiness and development as much as the physical side.
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The Primary Goals of the Inclusive Fitness Program for Youth:

  • Participants gain a positive attitude towards physical activity and its benefits
  • Participants develop the confidence to try new community-wide physical activities and form new friendships
  • Participants are motivated to continue future activity, and can set goals to stay active
  • Staff gain an enhanced knowledge of how to plan, implement, and support inclusive physical activities

Some Additional Goals of the program:

  • Participants are more active by the end of the program than they were at the start
  • Staff gain an appreciation of how to create inclusive physical activities for a range of abilities
  • Parents develop knowledge, skills, and motivation to support their child/youth in being physically active

In December 2014, the National Bank made a generous pledge of $100,000 in five years to bring an Inclusive Fitness Program for Youth to more communities in the GTA.


It is truly wonderful to know that there are programs like this one that exist for children! All children, regardless of their abilities should have access to sports and activities and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital has made that possible for children in the GTA.


This is a sponsored post. Please note that all opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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72 Responses to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Hosts an Inclusive Fitness Program for Youth

  1. Heidi C. says:

    Bloorview is such an amazing facility. I wish that more areas of Canada were blessed with a rehab centre like it.

  2. Heidi C. says:

    Bloorview is such an amazing facility. I wish that more areas of Canada were blessed with a rehab centre like it.

  3. Cheryl says:

    So great that businesses support such great programs within the community!! 🙂

  4. Cheryl says:

    So great that businesses support such great programs within the community!! 🙂

  5. Anne Dougherty says:

    What a great program.

  6. kathy downey says:

    Wjat a wonderful program !

  7. kathy downey says:

    Wjat a wonderful program !

  8. Judy Cowan says:

    It sounds like a great program!

  9. Judy Cowan says:

    It sounds like a great program!

  10. jan says:

    so important to remember

  11. jan says:

    so important to remember

  12. kathy downey says:

    That sounds like such a wonderful program !

  13. Lynda Cook says:

    This is so awesome!! a great program!

  14. Darlene Schuller says:

    I think this is fabulous, I wish it was EVERYWHERE!

  15. Darlene Schuller says:

    I think this is fabulous, I wish it was EVERYWHERE!

  16. Holly MacRitchie says:

    Great program for kids!

  17. Holly MacRitchie says:

    Great program for kids!

  18. dewinner says:

    This is wonderful and I think the goal is attainable for everyone which is so nice

  19. dewinner says:

    This is wonderful and I think the goal is attainable for everyone which is so nice

  20. C L. Chin says:

    Good to hear, I’m sure physical activity might boost their mood and act as a form of physical therapy.

  21. Carol Denny says:

    Great program. They need to have it everywhere!

  22. Cassie Fancy says:

    Amazing . Great to get kids active and aware from televisions and ipads

  23. Joanne Donaldson Frank says:

    Excellent program and glad to see business helping out

  24. Nancy T says:

    This sounds like such an amazing program!

  25. Nancy T says:

    This sounds like such an amazing program!

  26. Louanne B says:

    Great program! It would be so good to have this everywhere!

  27. shannon heitt says:

    Great idea

  28. elizamatt says:

    This is wonderful programme and I love hearing about firms giving back to communities too.

  29. Diana Powell says:

    so happy there are programs like this out there staying active is so important

  30. Silvia D says:

    such a great program!

  31. Joni W says:

    great program

  32. Tracy says:

    What a great idea,there should definitely be programs like this all over the world,it certainly would give youth some much needed encouragement

  33. Tracy says:

    What a great idea,there should definitely be programs like this all over the world,it certainly would give youth some much needed encouragement

  34. Debbie White-Beattie says:

    What a great idea, everyone should have access to this program

  35. Debbie White-Beattie says:

    What a great idea, everyone should have access to this program

  36. elizamatt says:

    A wonderful programme, love it when companies give back 🙂

  37. kathy downey says:

    I love hearing about Companies giving back and to what a great program

  38. kathy downey says:

    I love hearing about Companies giving back and to what a great program

  39. Judy Cowan says:

    A great program, love hearing stories about giving back!

  40. Judy Cowan says:

    A great program, love hearing stories about giving back!

  41. kristen visser says:

    omg what an amazing company to pledge so much for such a great cause <3

  42. Elizabeth V says:

    Bravo to the National Bank. Bloorview has always done great work!

  43. Gord says:

    That is an excellent program, its good to hear of these things.

  44. Carole Dube says:

    What a great program! I love to see program like this!

  45. Nicolthe pickle says:

    What a nice initiative.

  46. Joni W says:

    wonderful program

  47. Sarah Alexis says:

    What an awesome program~ I love reading about these sort of things, its inspiring and heart warming knowing that there are initiatives out there that support our children!

  48. Luzviminda Gunter-Smith says:

    Great program

  49. Amber Smith says:

    Fantastic program! We need more of these and bigger donors in society!

  50. Laurie P says:

    Great to hear about these programs…..wish my town had something similar.

  51. Laurie P says:

    Great to hear about these programs…..wish my town had something similar.

  52. Diana Powell says:

    These programs are so important .

  53. Wanda Tracey says:

    This is an awesome program and I wish we had something like this too in our little town.

  54. Soozle says:

    What a wonderful program! No child should be left out or made to feel ‘less than’ – this needs to happen in more placeS!

  55. mommakoala says:

    I think this is amazing. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE should have a place in recreation.

  56. Krista Miller says:

    This is a great story. I agree as I’m a mother to a special needs child & there should always be programs available to include him in recreational activities.

  57. ksceviour says:

    Wow,what a great program!

  58. jennifer wilson says:

    What a wonderful program, inclusion is so important!

  59. Amanda says:

    This sounds like a great program.. Would love to have this in our community.

  60. Amanda says:

    This sounds like a great program.. Would love to have this in our community.

  61. Jasmine B says:

    Supported them for years now. Incredible program.

  62. Travelbuds says:

    what a wonderful program.

  63. Cheryl Grandy says:

    It’s wonderful that National Bank has provided funding to support this fitness program. It sounds like the program will be of great benefit to many people.

  64. chris holliday says:

    They do such great things, don’t they

  65. Joanne Donaldson Frank says:

    wonderful program

  66. Joanne Donaldson Frank says:

    wonderful program

  67. jonnieh says:

    It’s great to see inclusion being promoted so much these days. I love seeing companies fund projects that really make a difference!

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