This section was developed as a fun way to look back
on health, physical education and our related fields over the past
75 years. Please share with us your film and video files that
you may have. These may be from when you were in school,
something you found online, something used in your teaching or advocacy
Sept. 30, 1958
Broadcast Feb. 26, 1958
Exercise is for kids
Exercise is for the young," says radio personality Byng Whitteker.
His four-minute walk from car to office this morning is an arduous
trek at 290 pounds. In 1958, Whitteker is like most adults who don't
understand the health merits of what he calls "huffing and
Vigorous exercise prepares you for an early grave, he explains.
Fitness expert Lloyd Percival disagrees and is worried about Whitteker's
The CBC Digital Archives Website.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Broadcast Aug. 16, 1961
5 Basic eXercises
In 1961, tired and listless Canadians head home after work to plop down in front of the tube. Royal Canadian Air Force to the rescue! The RCAF has developed 5BX, a set of exercises sure to give the nation twice as much energy
Broadcast July 16, 1968
Committing armchair suicide
Increased postwar affluence means the nation eats more and walks
less. These days, Canadians with bulging bellies are more likely
to opt for a ride in the Chevy instead. Passive recreation like
TV-watching is also a problem. A fitness expert in this 1968 television
report says people are committing "armchair suicide."
Broadcast Aug. 12, 1973
A Swedish land of fitness
Dr. Astrand visits from a country where people are in peak condition,
even later on in life. He claims Canada's physical fitness programs
to this point have been "almost a complete failure."
Broadcast Jan. 14, 1975
Cops get fit
Four years after Trudeau's Liberals started ParticipACTION, even
police officers have joined the fitness craze. On The Fit Stop,
a CBC Television program dedicated entirely to fitness, police recruits
perform an elaborate exercise routine from stretches to jumping
Broadcast May 25, 1978
Mandatory fitness in Manitoba
In 1978, kids at a Manitoba high school do jumping jacks in the schoolyard. Fitness is top priority for 20 minutes a day at this Portage la Prairie collegiate
Out of shape in Thunder Bay
People on the street comment on their level of physical fitness.
Aug. 23, 1980Celebrated ad campaign is lots of
fun to write.
Aug. 23, 1980
Broadcast May 25, 1988
Eggleton sweats to '80s pop
Ontario Premier David Peterson is doing the mashed potato outside
of Queen's Park. Toronto Mayor Art Eggleton keeps pace by jogging
on the spot. They've joined ParticipACTION's annual exercise competition
that encourages Canadians to get fit. The rules are simple: Be active
for 15 minutes and then call a YMCA hotline to report the achievement.
Broadcast Feb. 3, 1998
Baby boomers' bad habits
Baby boomers' babies have bad habits
just like their parents.
In 1998, kids eat poorly and their exercise habits are even worse.
Teenagers in the mall would rather play video games than dunk a
basketball. "Exercise? No exercise except for gym class,"
explains one teen in the arcade. Eating healthy is also out of the
question. In this television news report, one mother says her kids
won't eat the healthy dinners she prepares each night.
Broadcast Dec. 7, 2000
ParticipACTION packing it in?
After nearly 30 years of encouraging Canadians to get up and get
fit, ParticiPACTION may call it quits by the end of the month. The
federal government has said no to the fitness agency's $2.5 million
funding request. There will be no further money for the non-profit's
famous fitness drives and information campaigns. In 1972, then-prime
minister Pierre Trudeau set up the program to battle exorbitant
Broadcast Feb. 17, 2005
Behold the 'soccer mom'
Professional soccer may not hold a prominent place in North American
culture, but "soccer moms" certainly do. They're stereotypically
known for ferrying their kids to soccer practice in mini-vans across
suburbia. They're also the demographic politicians want to win over,
explains political analyst Will McMartin. With their focus on health
care and education
Get Physical - Firm Foundations
Arnold Schwarzenegger Physical Education
video in T2
Physical Education Campaign